They seem to fit into two groups:
1) Actual Blue skinned people.
2) Humans or demi-humans (mixed breed with the gods, or ‘chosen people’) who symbolically wear Blue.
Let’s look at India, but first let me just say that out of all the symbolism and array of concepts including contrasting/duality one thing I ‘admire’ (in the way you respect something even if you don’t like it) about Asians in general is they don’t feel the need to hide that their gods aren’t always humanoid or human-like, they can look like anything, chimeras and even to what we’d consider monsters on looks alone. Whilst there has been change and sugar coating they don’t feel the need to make their gods always look like beautiful or benevolent humans for comfort and awe. These beings are awe inspiring enough and yet in such a multitude and so old that they’re normal.
In modern Hinduism there’s lots of Blue skin, even if it’s temporary. In old Hinduism (the roots upon which Hinduism came about and hence early Hinduism) you get Lalitha the Red, the Cosmic Mother. Bala the Daughter whose ‘colouring’ or colour association we’re not sure of. Then of course Kali, the Black one, no mistake there, she’s Black, the Dark Mother. In modern Hinduism you’ve gots masses of ‘gods’, ‘divinities’ and ‘demons’ – Kali has been kept, Lalitha hushed up, and Bala a rare sight sometimes confused with other modern goddesses. In Buddhism (a branch of early Hinduism) you get Tara – or the forms of Lalitha, and she comes in a number of colours including Red, White and Green. The later masculine form of Buddha also comes in a variety of colours including the popular Gold. When you see Lalitha statues in India, rare indeed, she comes in many colours too but ultimately Red is her symbolic colour (Red and Gold being the favourites of royalty and cultural lineage in China) and her age is perpetually that of a teen (15/16) and Bala a pre-pubescent child. However, strangely enough Kali (the ‘crone’) is now often depicted as fair skinned and even Blue.
Why is that? Well look at her current ‘peers’ or according to believers ‘Gods’, one of which is deemed her male creator and she’s a consort/part of. Look at the male ones in particular. The ultimate alpha male Shiv (whose stone, the black stone, the ‘shivling’ aka his penis is contested by many to be what the black stone is in Mecca and the symbolic ‘cornerstone’ of their ‘house/building/architecture’ aka religion) apparently drank poison once and he turned Blue. That doesn’t explain why he stayed Blue in popular culture after healing and why his bisexual ‘pretty boy’ brother Vishnu whom he has incestuous relations with (and who Krishna comes from) is also Blue… Unless it’s catching.
Bear in mind that modern Hinduism (and many religions and cultures) has a dominant serpent theme.
The change of Kali’s skin colour – which is just ridiculous given her very name means ‘Black’ and ‘Time’ (the original Mother Time) – could be due to the worldwide indoctrination that light and White skin was/is superior and even now in the aftermath of colonialism many Africans and Asians and to an extent South Americans still find fair/pale skin as more attractive, and female celebrities/public figures generally do better and faster if they’re light skinned. In some places such as Korea dark skin is equated with dirt and poverty and the media would have you believe that there aren’t masses of East Asian people with dark skin and curly or frizzy hair. There’s a heck of a lot of Black Indians too – whilst not necessarily Black in ethnicity, they certainly are or close to Ebony in colour. But hey if you’ve Blue or Hazel eyes and light skin your fame is practically assured. Kali’s Blue skin however is more symbolic or her inclusion and demotion in modern Hinduism.
Indian and Indian based gods, divinities and demons have a preponderance for turning into giants. Also bear in mind that current India is not old India, old India included Bangladesh and Pakistan and had direct link to the Indus Valley, and interesting things were happening culturally and religiously on the other side of the valley too in what we nowadays call the Middle East/Western Asian, the Mediterranean and North Africa. (It’s a shame that many people, including Africans who don’t live there or weren’t born there, think of Egypt as ‘the’ and even ‘the only’ African culture as if it’s their only history.)
From the alien/god point of view in these Indus based civilisations Blue is Earth’s symbolic colour, not hard to understand given how we’re conditioned to see Earth from the outside and the amount of water – that is assuming that these particular (but still many) types of aliens see water in the same part of the colour spectrum that we do, that is as Blue or perhaps they they decided on that colour after finding out that humans see it that way? (Remember different animals experience colour, sound and ‘physical’ dimensions differently on Earth and hey us humans see everything ‘upside down’ before the brain puts it all ‘right side up’ – mega quick reaction eh or maybe we’re slower thinkers than we realize.) Who knows. Either way some of the Asian group had or were depicted with Blue skin and their human/demi-human representatives and descendants adorned in Blue clothing. More on that later.
If we look at modern popular culture i.e. mass media, there’s various Blue skinned beings from the Smurfs to the Nac Mac Feegle ‘Wee Free Men’ (seriously aggressive, kilt wearing, matriarchal, mini Blue guys in Terry Pratchett’s books). These beings tend to be associated with the ‘wee/fair folk’ or ‘woodland folk’ e.g. elves, fairies, pixies etc though so either Earth ‘spirits’ or workers of the gods (the gods in religions almost always being ‘from the stars’/alien). Avatar (2009) however was an interesting film and I note it’s mass emotional effect on people, it seemed to effect a lot of people profoundly and stir sympathy in many for native/indigenous people. Of course such a strong reaction had its opposite effect and you get people talking about White genocide though they’re the minority in the case of this film (though growing in the case against immigration and mixed race relations) – this mass outpouring of sympathy is strange given usual US war propaganda and older popularity of Westerns (film genre). Interestingly enough there is much anti-war and even anti-military sentiment in Black & White films/shows (though the anti-military stance I’ve seen is usually kept to comedy/satire.)
Avatar – remember I’ve explained the significance of this term before in my review about the film ‘Wizards’ (1977) but basically it’s a demi-being or person that’s become divine or closer to the divine and the term Christ is a title not a name, and can be applied to any such demi-being and many Asians think of Jesus the Christ as a an avatar of Krishna or a boddhisattva though interestingly enough his storyline is replica of the ‘Fallen Daughter’ root ‘mythology’ which was heavily incorporated in the early cultures of what we now call the Middle East/Western Asia, most obviously in the forms of Inanna/Ishtar. Cultures whom ironically fundamentalist Christians deem ‘demonic’ (without even realizing the difference between Lucifer and Satan and where those terms come from/what they mean/how they’re used and without acknowledging the roots of their own religion.)
An avatar is a kind of ‘mirror’, an image, representation – hence we use avatars/aliases/usernames/profile pics etc online – the internet itself being a virtual reality. That tied in well with the out of body experience, transference and cloning theme in the film Avatar – though largely ignored and thought a plot device to allow for the boy meets girl of opposite sides storyline. But what we did notice the most was giant Blue skinned people, who we associated with the term ‘Avatar’ thanks to the promotional artwork and them being the protagonists, rather than the fact that being moved from one body to another by an external party/person other than yourself, and possession via the use of mecha – embodying/wearing a machine – was the significance behind the term.
Similarly to the film ‘Wizards’, the people associated with the word ‘Avatar’ are a parallel/metaphor for native, old, original [Earth] peoples even though the word isn’t for them, these films have confused a form of alien life with Earth life and claiming sympathy/empathy from the people who they spawned. It’s very emotive because we know that when White peoples developed better technology other races suffered big time, though many conquered races/groups weren’t innocent themselves by any means. In North and South America – the ‘Red skins/Red Indians’ were mass murdered like a blood sport (nice use of colour eh – refer back to the significance of Red in Indo-China and reflect on why later Americans persisted on calling Native Americans by those terms plus the worldwide mother-goddess cultures pre-dating religion) and in the waves of conquering many who were kept alive were raped and bred to dilute the race and for the invaders to have an ‘authentic’ foothold on the land. Black people were transported to what we now call the US (remember the term ‘yank’/’yankie’ was not always a generic term for the US and there is still yank resentment still remains in places particularly those who got used to Black people being inferior). Many Africans died along the way, many babies thrown overboard on ships and those surviving enslaved.
So we have these two films that imply their avatars are native people, but in one those people are likened to the Jewish people who suffered at the hands of Hitler and in the other they’re big, Blue people. Blue people who prefer fighters over teachers (can’t you be a warrior aka both), have classism and sexism. And bond with serpents… I mean dragons… sorry, ‘flying reptiles/lizards’.
As for the military and corporate interests, they were thoroughly disgusting. It was a massively powerful and political film but I found the general ethos to be ‘win by playing all the sides’ i.e. the protagonist talking about peace when he knew the whole time and left it til the last second to say anything, and peace was impossible anyway – one group had already decided that they wanted what the other had, by hook or by crook they were going to get it and those people would have to be moved. That’s not peace, that’s envy and greed.
EDIT – What I really disliked about the OM-people (regardless of their Namaste style greeting) was the way they forced themselves on and in others, violating and conquering them and calling that friendship instead of forced loyalty. I did however like the portrayal of Eywa.
ANOTHER EDIT – 26 Nov 2016: Look at the insignia on the human military ‘helicopters’; it’s a picture of a dragon. The OM-people are very snake/reptile-like themselves with telepathy through their hair (remember the importance of snakes in worldwide ancient religion and cultures); I’ve heard about problems between different ‘reptilian’ races and given my dislike of the OM-people in ‘Avatar’ (whilst their plight is portrayed as similar to that of conquered native humans via modern human warfare) perhaps the film is showing such ‘reptoid’ enmity i.e. both the OM-people from Pandora and the human military represent reptilian war? Man/military controlled by ‘others’/’gods’/’demons’/’angels’?
The Blue People:
They’re very tall, telepathy, sacredness of the hair and the braiding/snake like quality of it (such as the ‘legend’ of Medusa being changed into a gorgon) used to conquer other animals, hunters/warriors, spiritual, importance of sacred trees and kundalini yoga.
The ‘human’ military:
To vie against the dinosaur like creatures the Blue People use (and remember they’re the Blue people aren’t the strongest species on the planet) the humans have flying machines instead of organic dragons. The Blue people have telepathy and the audience is shown that they use it whilst the conquered/spoken-to are at least conscious/awake but perhaps they can use it whilst the victim is unconscious/asleep too; the humans have astral projection, cloning and transhumanism (new limbs and mecha).
What are these species fighting over? Resources – a resource on/in Pandora (pan-dora meaning ‘[many] gift[s]/vision[s] of the god[s]’ and what do they achieve? Mixed-breeds. Remember that Jake was a twin (replacing his dead brother), a marine (water/Blue military) and in a wheelchair, so a human that isn’t good enough but with the ability who is then elevated to ‘godliness’ via cloning (another term for cloning being ‘twinning’) and possessing the body. He’s the ‘saviour’/Christ figure on PanDora i.e. Jesus based on the root culture Daughter (Eywa and the Blue People being portrayed as Mother Goddess people/followers/users), the Daughter being the link between the divine and the lesser (even cosmic and Earth/Blue) just like the story of Pandora being the first woman.
People and quite often females in Blue.
The most iconic woman in Blue is Mary, Mother of [a] Christ – beautiful Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire Blue. Some argue over whether she is divine herself or ‘just a human’ but regardless in the current storyline she was ‘chosen’, and easily classed as a ‘demi-being’ as a young teen, most likely with the onset of menstruation, to be married to an older man and then impregnated by an even older man aka ‘God’ for which she had no choice and if, as many would have us believe ‘she consented’ was under the duress i.e. made to believe it an ‘honour’, being obligated and ignorant/inexperienced in life. What a nice. innocent combo to take advantage of. What he and his fellows couldn’t just make a another human like they did in the Garden of Eden/Earth/laboratory with Lilith and Adam and then Adam and Eve? Or out of a plant – no that wouldn’t be right because this isn’t a ‘gift’ (babies from plants are a blessing), this is possession. Either way Mary wearing Blue is fitting, and in South and Eastern Asia at least her avatar son being Blue wouldn’t be a problem but the Blue skin didn’t quite pick up in Western and Eur-Asia (although the halo/glow was kept) where Christianity and Islam took off. Christianity even perverted the colour Red to mean bestial, prostitution/whoring whilst also keeping it for royalty and priesthood but with the degraded connotations and successful regime change there had to be something new – the fusion of the cosmic Red and earth Blue to make ‘royal’ Purple.
Some people see Mary (a name associated with water) as the World [Earth] card in the tarot and I can see why, particularly with the snake at her feet/foot and the position of the Earth (if drawn in the picture).
Iconic girls in Blue; Dorthy from the Oz stories and Alice from Wonderland books. Both stories notorious for symbolism, occultism, sleep hypnotism and subjects for posts in themselves. Both also featuring travel into another dimension and/or state of consciousness whilst being hunted by dangerous female figures, ‘helped’ by males who aren’t as they seem, some being obvious tricksters, and overseen in their ‘real’ lives by people who aren’t their parents (an aunt & uncle, and governess). L. Frank Baum was known for incorporating his beliefs and learnings into his stories which are more than the Oz series, for example ‘The Master Key’ and ‘Queen Zixi of Ix’ – he was far too learned in world culture and then his involvement with the Theosophical Society, it’d be superficial to dismiss his works as simple works of light hearted fiction. He’s not been recorded as a mason but the likelihood of involvement is there in his family given his parents success and estate. (For fans of Terry Pratchett’s ‘Hogfather’ – remember how Death took the place of Santa and through Death ultimate Santa was saved? – well checkout Baum’s ‘The Life and Adventure of Santa Claus’.) The same can be said of Lewis Carrol (a pen name) – his education, background, friends/associates – he knew too much to make it up, for his stories to have come solely from imagination.
On a sidenote – personally I don’t give a crap about skin colour, hair colour, eye colour or whatever except from a historical/cultural educational perspective. I don’t like the use of cultural connotations e.g. White = light, good, beautiful, ‘positive’. Black = dark, bad, dirty, poor, ugly, ‘negative’. Blue = boys. Pink = girls. Bluebloods = nobility, good (instead of ‘aristocracy, self serving slavers’). At the same time I acknowledge we have shared and steady reactions to various colours such as feeling warmer in Red/Orange/Brown rooms and cooler in Blue/Green rooms. It’d also be naive to think that people don’t take in and comprehend signs and symbols better than they do specific classification systems, lateral over literal. Colour isn’t always used for aesthetic value, or out of artistic need to differentiate ‘us’ and ‘them’; looking at our most pervasive cultural connotations and changes of i.e. in religions, perhaps there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Watching La Planète Sauvage/Fantastic Planet (1973 – based on the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia) and the later Gandahar (1988) is something of an experience. In the former giant, Blue beings called Draags treat humans called Oms (a play on words from ‘hommes’) as we do other animals here and in the second, where the Blue beings along with pale skinned matrilineal beings and people they’ve genetically experimented on fight against metal men from a giant brain. All very surreal, disturbing and makes you wonder why we revere them when they’re not so dissimilar to ourselves. Or maybe it’s because we relate. Whilst I think the obvious messages to take away include thinking about what it would be like and how we would feel if we were treated ‘like any other animal’ by a species who take what we consider the human role in the hierarchy and the consequences of ‘playing god’ it’s worth noting that Blue people are generally seen as rulers, more perceptive/enlightened, technologically advanced with the ability to travel through space (in the case of Fantastic Planet – mentally travel and meet other species) and more spiritual (nowadays I figure that means extra-dimensional/extra-sensory rather than better/more ethical) yet they are still socially backwards.