In many cases, black is used to represent bad people, mystery, secrecy, etc. The color black is in many cultures regarded as representing evil. In the Western world, many people wear black to funerals to show mourning.
In ancient China the colour black was connected to heaven and water, of the elements, winter, of the seasons, and north, of the directions.
Black is a color that reflects no light in any part of the visible spectrum. This often leads into associations with the original emptiness and the unknown.
In Asia, black is usually the neutral colour, much like gray is in the west, while elsewhere it can range in all portions of the moral spectrum. In chinese opera, black is a heroic color.
Death and Mourning Edit
To mourn the loss of a loved one, people in the Western society often wear black to a person's funeral. This contrasts with several Asian cultures wearing white to funerals, or African cultures using red. Lavender is also a color used for mourning.
Due to the dark colour of fertile soils, black is often the colour of life, fertility and ressurection. In Ancient Egypt, the word "Khemet" meant "black ground", and it was the title of the centre of the khemetic civilisation, symbolising the black colours of the Nile sediments. In Japan, black had a similar meaning, opposing white as the colour of death. In modern day Africa, black frequently still symbolises fertile rainy clouds.
Black represents the aspect of Hope. In that even in the darkest of times and in the dead of night. There is always Hope in the pitches of Black. Black may also symbolise naivity as it has no color, not permenately set to be one thing yet.
Black is considered the colour of the sky in China, observed without sunlight. As part of the symbolism embodied within official attires of persons of dignity, black is often used for robes that cover the upper body, and likewise yellow for the lower body, as it represents earth. In the Chou Dynasty (1122 ~ 256 B.C.E.), the black upper robe is paired with a red skirt that covers the lower body, for the king; other lords had robes of the same colour, but tangerine-coloured skirts.
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