Sound and color of femininity

Woman names contain strikingly often the aia-vowel combination like in Fatima or in Maria. One finds also woman names with other then aia-combinations but relatively little. The aia-combination predominates.

Genetic semantics states that “feminine” in many languages evokes the aia-sound. We thereby distinguish between two types of femininity. The study of the German sociologist Eva Heller (1989) shows that (in Germany) respondents connect “woman” with the color white. White femininity emphasizes her soft and delicate features. The meaning of femininity called by aia-vowels is fertility. Its representative color is green.

public lavatory in Kuala Lumpur

Public toilet in Kuala Lumpur. In Malaysia the female sign is often in the color green and accompanied by the word “Wanita”.

Green has the same meaning as the codical aia-form. This is evident from the similarities between traditional divisions and oriented images of genetic semantics, and also from more recent discoveries concerning the physiological receptors and the wiring neurons of the eye. (Alpaerts, 1995)

Themes such as life, nature, water (river, stream) is represented in many cultures by the color green. Prof. Dr. Hans Biedermann, author of an encyclopedic work on cultural and historical symbols (1992), argues that water usually is considered a “feminine” element. See eg. the alchemical explanation of the six-pointed star whose descending triangle represents the aqueous or female.

“Female”, as woman names show, is linked in a lot of cultures with the aia-form. That also becomes clear from “vagina” for the female genital, “anima” for the female soul in the psychology of Jung, “Ambika”, source of all life and the title of Hindu goddess Parvati (Guirand, 1968), “Gaïa” the name for ‘mother earth’ represented as a snake (Diephuis, 1956), “Altjira” the name of the female totem (Durkheim, 1965), the water (snake) goddess “Mami Wata” in Nigerian mythology and even from “matriarchy” as female sovereignty.

278 names of women from different countries.
Aaliyah (U.S.), Abibah (Mal.), Abida (Pak.), Abigaïl (Hebr.), Adajania (India), Adinda (Belg.), Adira (Turk.), Ahalia (India), Ahilya (India), Aicha, Aïchaz (Mar.), Aida (Mosl.), Aila (Mosl.), Aleena (U.S.), Alicja (Polish?), Alida (Mosl.), Alifah (Mal.), Alima (Belg.), Alina (Cuba), Alindja (Afr.), Alisa (Bosn.), Allicja (Mosl.), Alvina (Mex.), Alzira (Goa), Ambiga (Tamil), Ambika (India), Amina (Fr.), Amira (Jewish), Amisha (India), Amitav (Hind.), Amitha (Lanka), Amrita (Ind.), Amritpal (Ind.), Ancika (Kroat.), Aneesa (Pak.), Angelina (Eur.), Aninha (Belg.), Anissa (Mosl.), Anita (Eur.), Anjalica (India), Ankica (), Annika (Zw.), Ariadne, Ariane (Fr.), Arinna (Hett.(), Arlina (Indon.), Arminda (Eur.), Arria (Lat.), Asia (Belg.), Asima (Pak.), Asirat (Fen.), Asmila (Mosl.), Assia (U.S.), Assila (Mar.), Athina (Greek), Athirat (Fen.), Ayida (Voodoo), Aziza (Mosl.), Azizah (Arab.), Azizsa, Baiba (Letland), Banita (India), Baptista (Lat.), Bashiyra (Ar.), Bhagita (India), Caissa (the muse of chess), Calista (U.S.), Camilla (Eng.), Candida (Eur.), Capriati (Ital.), Caridad (Sp.), Carita (Sp.), Catalina (Sp.), Cavitha (India), Chadia (Belg.), Chafia (Mar.), Chandrika (SriL.), Charima (Dts), Charissa (Belg.), Clarissa (Eur.), Clasina (Nl.), Czarina (Rs.), Dalia (Israel), Dalida (), Dalilla (Afr.), Dalina, Daria (), Davina (Eng.), Davita (), Fadia (Ar.), Fadila, Fadiya (Eg.), Faïda (Cong.), Faïza (Mar.), Farida (Ar.), Farisha, Farishta (Pak.), Fatiha (Mar.), Fatima (Pak.), Fatimah (Mosl.), Flavia (It.), Gabija (Lit.), Gadiga (Mar.), Galina (Rus.), Garnica (Mex.), Ghariba (Mar.), Gnazia (It.), Haïfa (Mosl.), Hakima (Mar.), Haleema (Pak.), Halima (Mar.), Halina (Belg.), Halinka (Nl.), Hamida (Pak.), Hapipah (Mal.), Hasina (Mosl.), Hasnia (Tks.), Hasnita (Mal.), Hassiba (Mar.), Hassina (Afgh.), Hassina (Mosl.), Jacinnta (Belg.), Jacinta (Belg.), Jacintha (Belg.), Jakica (Serv.), Jameela (India), Janita (Goa), Janitha (India), Jaslina (Mal.), Kadyja (Mosl.), Kahina (Mosl.), Kalifa (Mar.), Kalina (Russ.), Kalinka (Rus.), Kalinka (Russ.), Kamila (Pak.), Kapinga (Cong.), Kareena (Pak.), Karima (Mar.), Karisma (India), Karthika (India), Kasrishma (India), Kavita (India), Kavitha (India), Khalida (Ar.), Laïla (Mosl.), Laima (Letl.), Lalima (Mosl.), Lalita (Hind.), Lalitha (India), Lamia, Lamiya (Mar.), Lanita (Mex.), Latifa (Tks., Laziza (Mosl.), Mahila (India), Mahima (India), Malika (Ar.), Malinda (Fr.), Maliwan (Thai), Malkiat (Pak.), Malliga (India), Mallika (Hind.), Malwida (Germ.), Manisah (Mal.), Manisha (India), Maria (Eur.), Mariamma (Mosl.), Mariska (Hong.), Marissa (U.S.), Marita (Sp.), Mariza (Fillip.), Martina (Eur.), Mathilda (Eur.), Maxima (Arg.), Mazida (Mal.), Nabila (Mar.), Nadia (Belg.), Nadija (Alg.), Nadira (India), Nagisa (Japan), Naima (Alg.), Naina (India), Namita (Papoea), Nandita (India), Nanhijan (Indon.), Narnia, Natalia (India), Natia (Koerdisch), Naziha (Egypte), Octavia (Lat.), Padilla (Sp.), Pamina (Duitsl.), Pratibha (Hind.), Rabbia (Mar.), Rabiaa (Mar.), Rachida (N-Afrika), Radhika (India), Raheela (Pak.), Rahima (Afgan.), Rajiya (India), Rania (Mar.), Ranjita (Hind.), Ransika (Lanka), Rasika (Lanka), Ravina (India), Razia (Mosl.), Raziyya (Tks.), Sabiha (Afghanistan), Sabita (India), Sabrina (Eur.), Sadia (Pak.), Sadiqua (U.S.), Sadira (Belg.), Safia (Pak.), Safira (Be.), Safiya (Nig.), Saïda (Mar.), Saima (Pak.), Sajitha (Hind.), Sakina (Mar.), Saliha (Mosl.), Salima (Mar.), Salinah (Palest.), Saliya (Mosl.), Sameea (Pak.), Samia (Mosl.), Samiha (Mosl.), Samila (Kosovo), Sanchia (Gr.Br.), Sanilha (India), Saphia, Saraniya (India), Sarida (Mal.), Sarika (Ind.), Sarimah (Mosl.), Sarinah (Mosl.), Sarita (), Saritha (Surin.), Sasikala (India), Saskia (Eur.), Savita (Ind), Sayeeda (Mosl.), Shaila (Hind.), Shamina (BanglaD.), Shamita (Ind.), Sharifah (Mal.), Sharmila (India), Shayla (U.S.), Shazia (Pak.), Stefania (It.), Tabita (Cong.), Tacita (Gr.Br.), Taglia (U.S.), Tahina (Mosl.), Tahmina (Pak.), Talitha (Belg.), Tamila (Zw.), Tamisa (Fiction, Tamiya (Jap.), Tangina (U.S.), Taslima (India), Tativa (Fr.), Thacia (Lat.), Thalia (Lat.), Valinda (U.S.), Vanitha (Ind.), Vartika (India), Yamila (Mar), Yamilah (Mosl.), Yanika (ElSalv.), Yanira (Mosl.), Zabibah (Irak), Zahia (Mar.), Zaina (Iran), Zainah (Mal.), Zakia (Isl.), Zarinah (Mal.)

Ferre Alpaerts

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