I don’t know why I find the things I find interesting interesting, I just do.
Take the color purple.
It is one of my favorite colors.
Black of course is first,
Blue, second, and I’d have to say purple comes in third.
Purple is made UP of a range of hues and colors which occurs between Red and Blue.
In ancient times, Roman Emperors wore purple. No one else was allowed to do so.
Later in history, purple moved to the Bishops of the Catholic church. It eventually moved to royals who ruled empires.
And although it’s worn by many and used for just about every thing today, it is often associated with royalty and piety.
The word ‘purple’ comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from the Latin purpura, in turn from the Greek πορφύρα (porphura), the name of the Tyrian purple dye manufactured two-thousand years ago from a mucus secreted by the spiny dye-murex snail.
The first recorded use of the word ‘purple’ in English was in the year A.D. 975
The Bible mentions Lydia, a seller of purple, in Acts 16:14, as a woman “…who’s heart The LORD opened…” and “…that she worshiped God.”
Purple represents many things in the diverse cultures of today. In China, it represents spiritual awareness. “Born to the purple” refers to someone born to wealth and privilege.
The Purple Heart goes to American Service Members who’ve been wounded or died in battle.
In Star Trek, Klingons have purple blood.
Some use it as a symbol of battered women.
But, whatever it means, it’s pretty, even if we get back to that snail thing. It’s funny how something so beautiful could come from something so icky!