There is violet light but no purple light. Purple is not abundant in nature. Phoenicians had to grind millions of mollusc "purpura" shells to make enough dye for their emperors' clothes. Purple is the color of power and of power corrupted, wine and wantonness. Usually a mixed color made from a cool red and a warm blue, purple symbolizes both sensuality and repentance. Purple is the color of Lent. Kandinsky described violet as red withdrawn from humanity by blue.
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