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People who have turned blue?

Asked by SpTaAiYd (65points) December 29th, 2008

A small percentage of people have turned themselves permanently blue by drinking silver in water for supposed health benefits. Is there any correlation between them and the portrayals of the blue people in ancient eastern art and scripture?

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El_Cadejo's avatar

Its more of a purple i dont know if theres any correlation or not, but i would guess no.

buster's avatar

Ive seen pictures of people that were blue or silver from taking lots of colloidal silver for supposed health reasons.

Harp's avatar

The use of blue skin in Indian iconography is confined to a few specific deities: Vishnu, Krishna, Shiva, and Kali. Different significations are offered for the use of blue in each instance. In Vishnu, the blue symbolizes the infinite expanses of sky and ocean. Krishna has blue skin because he’s an avatar of Vishnu. Kali’s blue (or black) skin symbolizes the “unmanifest” from which all phenomena originate and to which they all return. Shiva, interestingly enough, is depicted as blue (or with a blue throat) because he drank poison in order to save the world, so that’s perhaps the closest correlation to your hypothesis.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Here’s a link to the Blue Fugates of eastern Kentucky.

AstroChuck's avatar

Is that what happened to the Blue Man Group?

galileogirl's avatar

Actually I ran acoss an interesting bit of trivia, the upper classes were originally call blue bloods because their silver eating utensils caused a bluish tinge. This was when they used high grade silver, not the sterling used today.

asmonet's avatar

@Uberbatman: Where’d you find Papa Smurf?

El_Cadejo's avatar

i read it in some article a while ago and then googled blue people.

asmonet's avatar

Poor dude. Still, he has a built in Halloween costume.

Silver lining?

Strauss's avatar

@galileogirl The reason I heard for the calling them “bluebloods” had to do with the fact that the the blood of royalty (and certain landed gentry) tended to have more of a blue color than the general public. According to this theory, the blueish blood is from centuries of royalty marrying royalty, resulting in a fairly closed gene pool, which in turn allowed abnormalities, such as anemia and bluish-colored blood, to become commonplace among these folks.

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