Religion Past and Present

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I. Comparative Religion – II. Liturgy

I. Comparative Religion

Individual cultures perceive colors and assign religious values to them in very different ways. A distinction is often made between colors and “non-colors”: white and black represent non-life (death, transitions in general), and are therefore regarded as the colors of mourning, but also of weddings and feasts, and this not only in Europe. Red is often associated with blood, and accordingly also with injury, aggression, disruption (Menstrua…

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Stolz, Fritz and Saliers, Don E., “Colors”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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