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Staving Elyse M. Grasso:

>A slightly related thought
>
>Has anyone ever done a survey for a possible correlation between the color of
>mourning (white or black) vs treatment of the dead (cremation or burial)?
>
>On the other hand, the availability of dyes and fabrics in the appropriate
>colors may also be a factor...

In ancient Egypt, black was the colour of life, because it was the colour
of the Nile mud that brought fertility to the land. "Kemet" means "black
land". Outside Kemet was the red land, "desret".

Pete