posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 12:17 AM
Colin Wilson, in his history of the occult, mentioned the recurring idea that the ancients did not see as many colors as we do. Not simply that they
had fewer pigments, but that they were blind to colors we see.
Many tribal religions, which are generally extremely conservative of recieved traditions, only recognize 4 colors in the rainbow. Navajo symbology is
an example of this.
Likewise Homer described a 5 color rainbow in the Iliad, and also described the Aegean Sea as wine-colored. (It's a dark green to me.)
Oh, and I believe that ROYGBIV is a cultural discriptor, not reality. look at the colors on the control settings of your monitor. Are there 7,
(roygbiv), 4(CMYK) three (RYB) or infinite shades that pass into each other.
Actually, there's one spectrum of radiation, part of which is visible. Different extremes to different Eyes. Green eyes supposedly can see further
into ultraviolet than others, at least I remember that from a physical anthropology text. I'll see if I can find it.