splash of red (and a great pair of heels)

by theuglyearring



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  • Neolithic hunters considered red to be the most important color endowed with life-giving powers and thus placed red ochre into graves of their deceased. This explains funds of skeletons embedded in up to 10 kg of red powdered ochre. Neolithic cave painters ascribed magic powers to the color red.
  • The word “magic” (“Zauber” in German) translates to “taufr” in Old Norse and is related to the Anglo-Saxon “teafor” meaning “red ochre”.  It can be assumed they painted animals in red ochre or iron oxide to conjure their fertility.
  • Protective powers of the color red against evil influence were common. Objects, animals, and trees were covered in red paint, warriors painted their axes and spear-catapults red to endow the weapons with magic powers.  Neolithic hunters and germanic warriors used to paint their weapons and even themselves in blood of slain animals.
  • Roman gladiators drank blood of their dying adversaries to take over their strength.
  • In other cultures, the newly born were bathed in blood of particularly strong and good looking animals.
  • Red painted amulettes or red gems, such as ruby or garnet, were used as charms against the “evil eye.” Wearing a red ruby is said to bring invincibility.
  • Red bed-clothes were customary in Germany up to the Middle Ages as protection against the “red illnesses”, such as fever, rashes or even miscarriages.