RED THE COLOUR OF LIFE - it's associated with action, vitality, impulses, desires and violent feelings.
Everything that encourages people to express themselves stems, so it's said, from the colour red. It is also a sacred, secret colour, because of its connection with blood: sacred, because ancient cultures regarded it as the very substance of life and the soul - those who lost their blood lost their life and soul - and secret, because the blood that flows through the veins and arteries is invisible.
Red is also connected to passion, of the extreme, often destructive, emotions and instinctive urges which men and women control as best they can; although these same human urges are regenerative by nature and essential to life and survival. Red not only indicates an awakening of the consciousness, but also the ultimate sacrifice, necessary for rebirth - as observed in red sunrises, and red sunsets.
Some may think that it's a shame that nothing ever stays the same,
that what is good and fine today may soon become another way.
You just can't count on things to stay the way they were just yesterday.
Seems contradictory and strange: the only thing that's sure is change.
TRUE OR FALSE - MYTHS AND LEGENDS CHANGE HUMAN BEHAVIOUR
Friagaba the devilkin (daimon) Gaesatae ramhorned headed woman warrior. 1st century BC
Legend has it that Friagaba's beauty could transfix an enemy instantly and turn a battle into utter slaughter. Changing her appearance was her key and in the belief that protection was assured from the gods by throwing off her clothes she always went into battle naked. Nakedness in battle was not unique to her, as other ancient warriors are recorded as following the same practice. Many advances towards enemy lines were done at walking pace, headed by Friagaba prolonging the mystical, erotic, and exotic scene until, helpless from hypnotic madness men just stood and died.
Her reward from Beda, goddess of burial and righteousness of battle, for victory at Whroegen and annihilating the Rhywff Hordes was immortality. Her unclothed form was fashioned on battle shields, pennants and helmets and inspired many warriors to undertake sacrificial ends to enable their entry to her unearthly deity, desiring her divine and beneficial powers, destiny and protection.
It was Friagaba who first wore scarlet, a colour never before seen in Europe. A vivid red yak hide brought from Cathaian tanners in Sindifu far to the east by nobleman Dweduo The Intrepid was obtained by Friagaba by seducing him, and his gift, worth a king's ransom, became the icon of her indestructibility. A doublet, basque-like and fashioned tightly to fit her body crafted by Owegdean, Mistress of the Vestments added a fearsome sight with its association with the daimon signalling evil intent. Disrobed before combat she became more distinct with naked olive skin, lime-streaked hair and slim features she became discernibly visible especially at sunrise, her favoured time for bloodshed. She would stride before polished shields held in-line to admire her own enduring beauty, and then with baton and sword in each hand walked forward ahead of the army into battle.
Many observers have chronicled that after combat she would be enveloped in blood; body painting concealing her elegant sensuous nude body. Her weapons often scarred and still clenched tightly in delicate slim hands that had despatched many souls to far domains were stained in blood a dull lustre compared to her doublet. She would bathe immediately surrounded by her warriors, anyone who averted their gaze would be removed with a tortuous blinding awaiting them, because she believed all should see her.
Her exploits spread from land to land, her impeccable beauty preceded her quicker than the wind across entire continents, and men fell at her feet like autumn leaves. She was scandalously indestructible and represented the daimon - the principle of destiny, whether good or bad, fortunate or unfortunate. The daimon was therefore the dispenser of destiny, but also a protective spirit, a good angel or what we would nowadays refer to as conscience.
Copyright Martin Billings Sept.2007
SCARLET LEATHER - THE LITTLE RED JACKET
Fame, as with Friagaba (sic), so too with Erica. In pursuit of notoriety for her little red jacket she seeks to win, as in battle the high ground, and excite passion from admirers. And to achieve success red leather is the chosen instrument. Red is divine, red induces vitality, and when coupled with nakedness the result is exhilarating.