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The Meaning and Symbolism of the Color Indigo

The deep rich

The word Indigo comes from the Spanish wordindico, Portugese endego, and Dutch (via Portuguese) indigo, all from the Latin word indicum("indigo)," Ancient Greek Ἰνδικὸν (“Indian dye”) indikon, "blue dye from India," lit. "Indian (substance)," neut. of indikos "Indian," from India. [1]

The color Indigo is named after the blue dye derived from the Indigo plant --Indigofera tinctoria and related species. The first recorded use of indigo as a color name in English was in the13th century, possibly 1289.

Isaac Newton first introduced indigo as a spectral color In the mid-1660s. Indigo is accordingly counted as one of the traditional colors of the rainbow. The color is placed on the electromagnetic spectrum between about 420 and 450 nm in wavelength, placing it between blue and violet. One can see spectral indigo by looking at the reflection of a fluorescent tube on the underside of a non-recorded compact disc.

The color Indigo appears between blue and violet in a rainbow. Purple grapes and blueberries are indigo. The deep blue of dark denim jeans and the color of the midnight sky is indigo. Some indigo shades have more blue and others more violet.

The color indigo was often associated with power, royalty or religious ritual. It has held a significant place in many world civilizations for thousands of years. Keywords assosiated with Indigo are loyalty, religion, spirituality, intuition

Lactarius indigo is one of the very few species of mushrooms that are colored tones of blue. Birds. The Indigobird is a bird with a buff colored breast and indigo colored plumage and tailfeathers. Scientists discovered in 2008 that when a banana becomes ripe and ready to eat, it glows bright indigo under a black light.

The meaning of colors worn during the Elizabethan era of the 16th century provided information about the wealth and social standing of an individual. The imported Indian dye that was used to produce the color indigo and similar darker shades was often scarce and extremely expensive. Only the wealthiest could afford to wear garments or own art or other ornaments of this color. This deep, rich dark bluish-purple color was so valuable and important that people who could wear the color Indigo was dictated by English Sumptuary Laws. Those who were allowed to wear the color during the Elizabethan era, as decreed by the Law, were Royalty, Nobility and members of the Council. For this reason, the color Indigo is often referred to as Royal Blue.

Indigo also has significance in spirituality and art. In biblical times, the scarcity of indigo meant only the wealthy could afford it; giving rise to the idea of purple being "the color of kings." The Virgin Mary is often robed in purple in religious paintings. Indigo is often used in paintings to define uniqueness, preciousness, royalty, and sacredness. Indigo was often used in Medieval paintings in the robes of the priests and holy people. It was also depicted as a divine color and was associated with gods & goddesses. In more modern art, the color indigo represents mysticism, silent introspection, and self-mastery. In various cultures around the world, indigo is linked with discipline, honesty, dignity, integrity, good fortune and even the balance of karma. Indigo is the color associated with the Third Eye Chakra located between the eyes. This chakra deals with intelligence and psychic power.



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