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The Meaning And Symbol Of The Color Of The Image Of The Holy Icon

Dec 08, 2017

The symbolic meaning of color


In the study of the holy image, there are two different categories of colors. The first group of colors is white, red, green, and blue. It is used to express life, purity, peace and beauty. The second sets of colors are black, brown, gray and yellow, and are dangerous and unclean. Dionysius the Aeropagite distinguishes three kinds of symbols: noble, middle, low, and Christian belief, which inherits Dionisi's set of thoughts. (Dionisi Aeropagite)




What does color symbolize in the study of the image of the holy image?


White: it is the color that symbolizes eternal life and purity.


Blue: the symbol of the heavenly beings, the domicile of God, the sky.


Red: it symbolizes vitality. In the Hebrew thought, red represents life. We noticed that it was mentioned in many chapters of the Old Testament, for example, in "two kings of kings", Saul wore the red coat for the daughters of Israel: "the cry of Saul," the woman of Israel. He had made you dressed in scarlet and beautiful clothes... " (Wang Chuaner 1:24). In the "proverbs", we found the perfect wife dressed in red, "" book "in hot mill, Jerusalem red dress coat. The martyr's clothes are red, and the blazing angel Serafin (Seraphims) is also red. Red still depicts the color of health, fire, and the adjudication of the doomsday.


Purple: purple is a symbol of royal power, wealth, power and priestess. In Dani ille, we see that the king is in purple, and the king and queen are covered with purple robes in the chant.


Green: in the scriptures of the Bible, green symbolizes nature and plants, so it is also a symbol of growth and fecundity. In "song of songs" and "book" in "hot mill, it also has been mentioned. In the study of the holy image, green is used to draw the robes of martyrs and prophets.


Brown: representing density and lack of brilliance. Brown is made of red, blue, green, and black. It is used to draw soil, rock and architecture. It is also used to depict the dark coat of the monks and the ascetic to symbolize their poverty and disengagement from the world.


Black: symbolizing the absence of life; representing a hole, the opposite of the white. Because the white elephant carries the overflow of life, the black symbolizes the loss of life. With the monks dressed in black robes Friar's coat, a symbol of all they have and material things out of the relationship.


Huang: symbolizing sadness, the use of yellow in the holy image of the Savior into the grave. In the book of the second code, yellow is referred to as a mark of misfortune, bad harvest and wilt.