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The Color Red

Depiction of Color Red in Indian Culture

    First Online: July 15, 2004
Page Last Updated: October 31, 2016

 

Addicted to Leaves
Addicted to Red
A number of people in India chew paan (a mixture of areca-nut, lime, and tobacco rolled with leaves) that makes their mouth red and provides a satisfying snack.

 

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Vendor of Red Color
Picture of a vendor selling red vermilion
Malleswaram, Bangalore

    "Sumangali"  -- Portrait of a Traditional Indian Woman
Stamped in Red
A vermilion mark on the forehead is considered to bring good luck. It must have come in vogue when the cave-men fought fiercely for the same mate and the victorious one decorated her forehead with his rival's blood.

Sacrificial Melon
Sacrificial Melon
As Hinduism reformed into non-violence, we notice that animal sacrifices have been replaced with coconut and other non-animal sacrifices and ritual offerings.

 

See Also:

  • Color Black -- Series of pictures exploring the black color and its connotations in Indian culture.

 

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