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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 water, of the elements, winter, of the seasons, and north, of the directions.

Secrecy Edit

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.


Black, night and other forms of darkness have associations with theft, crime, dangers and evil. In western culture, black is the color of evil, and represents evil demons.

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.

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