Colours are distinctive, and human beings become distinct through colours. We grow pale under shock; we blush when we’re found out or when we fall in love. Colours have always been referred to or used in order to convey mood or inclination. It appears that red (blood) is assigned to femininity, and white (seed) to masculinity. We find both as symbols of countries or states, in the colours of their flags. (Detailed text)

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