Discussion in 'Religion Archives' started by Orleander, Aug 17, 2008.
why is he blue?
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That's like asking why anything is anything. It's a pointless question.
Not true. The blue represents something. I remember going over it in my world religions class last year. I forgot what it meant though. Perhaps something to do with the sky...
Blue represents chaos in certian mystic traditions...out of chaos order, out of order chaos returns.
In Western tradition Blue represents purity, similar to how white is viewed today.
Below is from Wikipedia:
Blue in Hinduism: Many of the gods are depicted as having blue-coloured skin, particularly those associated with Vishnu, who is said to be the Preserver of the world and thus intimately connected to water. Krishna and Ram, Vishnu's avatars, are always blue. Shiva, the Destroyer, is also depicted in light blue tones and is called neela kantha, or blue-throated, for having swallowed poison in an attempt to turn the tide of a battle between the gods and demons in the gods' favour.
Blue in Judaism: In the Torah, the Israelites were commanded to put fringes, tzitzit, on the corners of their garments, and to weave within these fringes a "twisted thread of blue (tekhelet)". In ancient days, this blue thread was made from a dye extracted from a Mediterranean snail called the hilazon. Maimonides claimed that this blue was the colour of "the clear noonday sky"; Rashi, the colour of the evening sky. According to several rabbinic sages, blue is the colour of God's Glory. Staring at this colour aids in mediation, bringing us a glimpse of the "pavement of sapphire, like the very sky for purity", which is a likeness of the Throne of God. (The Hebrew word for glory.) Many items in the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary in the wilderness, such as the menorah, many of the vessels, and the Ark of the Covenant, were covered with blue cloth when transported from place to place.
So is purity or chaos the reason he's blue?
In Sanskrit, Krishna means black or dark.
A true mystic will never say anything definative about causality. They will just say what is and leave it to the disciple to make the connections. Religon simplifies things for its adherents, and gives solid causes.
A Hindu might say the reason for this blue color is his association with water. But taking it one step further, water can also be associated with the primordial waters inwhich life is said to have first emerged. And the primordial waters are frequently associated with the initial chaos of creation.
people can have blue skin color, but it's rare:
High levels of silver in the body will turn skin coloration to blue.
So Lord Krishna had high levels of silver in his body?
Does anyone know why he was portrayed as blue?
He was a blue baby. What else ?
It's like asking why is Hellboy red.
There are many theories on this:
Shiva is also colored blue. Is he also of deep character, defending humanity? I thought he was the destroyer....
Blue has been a sought after color, throughout human societies. It's typically associated with the color of royalty, since it was expensive to manufacture. Virgin Mary is often depicted with a blue coat, for example. That color of blue, prior to the 19th century, ironically, was itself expensive to make, requiring the crushing up of lapis lazuli. Natives decorate their leaders with cloaks of blue feathers or butterfly wings.
It's probably just a relic of blue being associated with kings and stuff.
Shiva is a different story. He's not always blue. He is also known as Nilakantha [Blue Throat] due his consumption of a poison which turned up during the churning of the oceans for amrit [manna]. The poison turned his throat blue.
So when he's all blue, does that mean he's porking something, and when he's not blue, he's breaking something?
I would say that the reason that Krishna is painted BLUE is because Krishna actually had Blue skin color.
With most depictions of skin pigment in religion, tribal or formal religon the depiction of a change in skin color is because that is the actuall skin pigmnet of the divinty.
You will also find that in the dermitologic record there have been people of odd skin color that is not of the normal spectrum of the population.
Some people have been born Black, White, Red, Purple,Green and Yellow. it is not much different from the colors that we see on animals, lizards ect... very rich in color. So you should not be to surprised. some people have multiple skin colors.
Some are actualy born quite regular, blueish green is one of them, red is another frequent one, as well blank white.
I would say that bluish green was the actual skin color of Lord Krishna as based of frequency this occurs in southasia and in india people.
Man, you are an original lol
Well a link i would have to case down, but i have seen several of these people in my life time, i know that there are records one can look at. I will look to see if i can find one listed on the internet.
here are a couple with reference to the development of yellow skin coloration, appearantly it is a over development of caroten?
I did not find much mention on the bluish green skin but i assure you it exist, even on the walls in eygpt.
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