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"Blue doesn't exist?": Santorini, Van Gogh's Starry Night, Denims.. what's common? The colour "blue". But blue wasn't a colour known to human beings till recently.
So was it our genes that didn't let us see blue? Or were things different back then?
The cave paintings from 20,000 years ago have white, black, red, yellow but not blue. More recently a study proved that people who aren't taught about the colour blue, can't distinguish it from it being clear or green. Now, this may sound confusing but maybe in some way it explains why many people can't distinguish too easily between blue, green, teal, aqua, turquoise and cyan.
History says that blue was discovered rather recently - about 6,000 years ago. Blue was discovered when a certain blue stone was found in the Indian subcontinent near Afghanistan.
The Egyptians loved the colour, carried it back to their land and made dyes of the colour. Blue was something unique. And it makes sense because you don't really see too much of blue naturally in flora and fauna around you - as compared to red, yellow and green(which is blue, or is it? 😁 )
Jumping ahead in time, blue became a colour associated with trust, respect, intelligence, faith, wisdom - especially when the church decided to allocate the colour to Virgin Mary and most of her pictures and statues portrayed her wearing blue.
Many kingdoms used shades of blue for their flags and uniforms of "men in charge" to make them appear more trustworthy.
Today, blue is a colour that still fascinates us and hashtags on Instagram around this colour are proof.
Blue happens to be one of favourite colours. Do you have a favourite colour? Does it have a history as cool as blue? I don't think so. 😉
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