[INDOLOGY] Colour symbolism in pre-modern Indic sources

naresh keerthi nakeerthi at gmail.com
Sat Apr 13 16:14:58 UTC 2019

Dear Dominik,

 I list below some sources for the study of colour semantics in premodern
India. Besides these, there are sections in the kośa-s as well as texts of
alaṅkāra that deal with the polysemy of colour terms. I have written about
the semantics of several individual colour terms in (fairly exasperating)
detail in my PhD thesis, which is (as yet) *asūryaṃpaśyā*. Apologies for
the inconsistent format of citation.

  May I add, I benefited much from the references in footnote 72 in the
volume ‘Studies on Indian Medical History’ that you and the late Jan
Meulenbeld edited, and your students may find them helpful as well.

Warm regards,

Naresh Keerthi

*On olfaction*

 Hara, Minoru. "A Note on Sanskrit Gandha." *Studia Orientalia Electronica* 108
(2010): 65-86.

 McHugh, James. *Sandalwood and carrion: Smell in Indian religion and
culture*. Oxford University Press, 2012.

*Colour semiotics in Tamil*

Beck, Brenda EF. "Colour and heat in South Indian ritual." *Man* (1969):

 Janert, Klaus L., and P. Rajagopal Subramanian. "Colours in Early Tamil, a
Study Based on Cilappatikaram." *International Journal of Dravidian
Linguistics* 2 (1973): 141-150.

 Suppiramaṇiaṉ. Ca.Vĕ,. and Nā Kaṭikācalam. 1983. Ilakkiyattil niṟam .
Taramani, Chennai

*Colour semiotics in Sanskrit sources *

 Bedekar, V. M., 1968. “The Doctrine of the Colours of Souls in the Mahābhārata
: Its Characteristics and Implications”. Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental
Research Institute, Vol. 48/49, Golden Jubilee Volume 1917-1967 (1968).

 Bhattacharya. Ashok.K., On the identification of the colour called śy*āma.
*Journal of Oriental Institute. Baroda.  [I don’t have the details of which
issue from my photocopy, but it can be found from the JOI index available

 Elizarenkova, T., 1994. Notes on Names of Colours in the Ṛgveda. *Bulletin
of the Deccan College Research Institute*, *54*, pp.81-86.

 Filliozat, J., 1957. Classement des couleurs et des lumières en
Sanskrit. *Problèmes
de la couleur*, pp.303-311.

 Helmdach, Mathias. 1980. Farbbezeichnungen und Farbverständnis im alten
Indien. Unpublished Dissertation. University München.

 Hopkins, E.W., 1883. Words for color in the Rig Veda.*The American Journal
of Philology*,*4*(2), pp.166-191.

 Jha, S., 2016. From Sacred to Commodity and Beyond: Colour and Values in
India. *Journal of Human Values*, *22*(1), pp.1-13.

 Jha, S., 2014. Challenges in the history of colours: The case of saffron. *The
Indian Economic & Social History Review*, *51*(2), pp.199-229.

 Nardi, I., 2007. *The Theory of Citrasutras in Indian Painting: A Critical
Re-evaluation of Their Uses and Interpretations*. Routledge.

 Okita, K., 2018. 4 Salvation through Colorful Emotions: Aesthetics,
Colorimetry, and Theology in Early Modern South Asia. In *Historicizing
Emotions: Practices and Objects in India, China, and Japan* (pp. 100-112).

Samtani, N.H., 1993.  "A study of aspects of raga." in Ram Karan Sarma
(ed.) *Researches in Indian and Buddhist Philosophy: Essays in Honour of
Professor Alex Wayman *61-67.

 Sudyka, Lydia., 2006. Passions of the Indigo colour. In Jaroslav Vacek
(ed.) Pandanus 06: Nature in Literature and Ritual. Prague: Pandanus. 37-52.

 Wiley. Kristi. L., 2000. Colors of the Soul: By-Products of Activity or
Passions?. Philosophy East and West, Vol. 50, No. 3. 348-366.

 *History, theory and method of colour semantics*

Biggam, Carole Patricia. 2012. The semantics of colour: A historical
approach. Cambridge University Press.

 MacLaury, R.E., 1992. From brightness to hue: An explanatory model of
color-category evolution.Current Anthropology,33(2), pp.137-186.

 Philip, G., 2011. Colouring meaning: Collocation and connotation in
figurative language. John Benjamins Publishing.

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