white as unblemish

Rajesh Kochhar rkk at NISTADS.RES.IN
Thu Dec 7 03:59:26 UTC 2000

White is not so much colour of mourning as of unblemish.Widows wear white
not because they are in mourning.They are asked to wear white so that they
remain  unblemished.Any stain on white will show immediately. Because of
this association, married women are forbidden to wear pure white.
Rajesh Kochhar

From: N. Ganesan <naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM>

>Prof. G. v. Simson wrote:
>>white is just associated with mourning and never with anything positive?
>I know an instance where white is considered cool.
>Tamils assign 'hot' or 'cold' to the things they encounter.
>Anything new and unfamiliar is said to be 'hot':
>Native doctors or shamans tell ice cream is 'hot'!
>To predict the future, paper packets of red and white flowers
>is tossed and one is picked up by a child. If it comes white,
>it signifies cool, non-problematic result. Red means trouble.
>Instead of the child making a choice, a mixture of white/red
>flowers are decorated on a temple deity and the fall to
>the right/left and white/red folwers is interpreted by
>the priest.
>In the context of Heat, white is cool and desirable and, red is hot.
>N. Ganesan
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