Enquiry with regard to colour symbolism in Hindu Traditions

Jonathan Silk kauzeya at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 3 04:23:19 EDT 2010


Klaus is right and my memory was faulty; Huizinga indeed wrote on the
vidusaka. But I still believe that some Dutch scholar wrote a thesis on
varna as color--Arlo, do you know?

On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM, Klaus Karttunen <klaus.karttunen at helsinki.fi
> wrote:

> Dear Jonathan and others.
>
> According to my notes Huizingas diss. was not on colours, but  *De
> vidûsaka in het Indisch tooneel.* 155 p. Groningen 1897.
> Other discussions of colours include:
> FILLIOZAT, Jean: "Classement des couleurs et des lumières en sanscrit", *Problèmes
> de la couleur.* P. 1957, 303-308 (*Laghuprabandha* 185-190).
> GRÖNBOLD, Günter: "Die Farbensymbolik in der buddhistischen Ikonographie",
> *As.St./Ét.as.* 32, 1978, 117-122.
> HOPKINS, Edward Washburn: “Words for Color in the Rig-Veda”, *AJPh* 4,
> 1883, 166-191.
> SIVAPRIYANANDA: "Colour symbolism and the ‘tri-guṇa’ concept", *JOIB*38:1-2, 1988, 33-41.
>
> Note further:
> SCHWENTNER, Ernst: diss. *Eine sprachgeschichtliche Untersuchung über den
> Gebrauch und die Bedeutung der altgermanischen Farbenzeichnungen.* 1915.
> SOLTA, G. R.: "Zum expressiven Charakter der indogermanischen
> Farbenbezeichnungen", *AnzÖstAW* 87, 1950, 40-52.
> TIFFOU, Étienne & Yves-Ch. MORIN: “Étude sur les couleurs bourouchaski”, *
> JA* 270, 1982, 363-383.
> WOOD, Francis Asbury: *Color-names and their congeners.* 1902
> (Indo-European).
>
> Best,
> Klaus
>
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>
> On Nov 1, 2010, at 8:26 PM, Jonathan Silk wrote:
>
> I do not have the reference to hand, but the famous Huizinga (known as a
> historian of Europe) wrote a thesis on varṇa in the sense of color,
> unfortunately in Dutch. Perhaps a translation project some day...
>
> jonathan
>
> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 6:49 PM, Christophe Vielle <
> christophe.vielle at uclouvain.be> wrote:
>
> References in the Indology list-archives s.v. "colours"
>
> http://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?S1=indology
>
> (colours and 4 yugas, 4 var.nas, 9 rasas, etc.)
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Christophe Vielle
>
>
>
> Am 01.11.2010 um 16:53 schrieb James Hegarty:
>
>
>  An undergraduate student recently asked me about colour symbolism in
>
> Hindu Traditions.
>
>
> I realised very quickly that I knew very little about this.
>
>
> Can anyone suggest readings (primary and secondary) on this topic?
>
>
>
>
> Here are two theses:
>
>
> Jain, Narendra Kumar: Indian Colour Symbolism. Berlin, 1978
>
> Berlin, Techn. Univ., Diss., 1977
>
>
> Slavik, Jan: Dance of Colours: Basic Patterns of Colour Symbolism in
>
> MahÇyÇna Buddhism. Göteborg: Göteborgs Etnografiska Museum, 1994.
>
> (Etnologiska studier, v. 41). ISBN 9187484080
>
>
> University of Göteborg, Ph. D. Thesis, 1994
>
>
> Besides these, many publications on iconography deal also with religious
>
> symbolism and will give lots of references in this respect.
>
>
> Hope it helps
>
> Peter Wyzlic
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