hair's colour in sanskrit

Peter J. Claus pclaus at
Tue May 13 03:08:56 UTC 1997

And chicken eggs are brown, not white... Well, sometimes white and
sometimes various shades (ie. colors) betweeen white and brown.

Peter Claus

On Mon, 12 May 1997, Allen Thrasher wrote:

> Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 16:03:02 BST
> From: Allen Thrasher <athr at>
> Reply-To: indology at
> To: Members of the list <indology at>
> Subject: Re: hair's colour in sanskrit
> On Fri, 9 May 1997, Lars Martin Fosse wrote:
> > 
> > There is a similar problem with Greek colours. The only way to know, is when
> > colour terms are referred to natural phenomena that haven't changed since
> > ancient times. E.g. white may be referred to the egg of a hen, red to a
> > given kind of red berries, brown to soil etc. 
> Brown referring to soil is a much less felicitous example than the other
> two.  Soils can also be (in American English) black, yellow, etc.  In much
> of my state of Virginia it is a beautiful red.  And in countries which
> have undergone intensive agriculture for many centuries one can't assume
> the soil's color is the same as it was in the time of some classic
> literature.
> Allen Thrasher

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