When I first moved to the South, one of the “little things” that caught my eye was the blue ceiling porches. And not just any blue–it had to be haint blue as was explained to me.
Haint Blue has been around forever-used by many cultures throughout the world. Time has a way of keeping “color records” in its historic archives.
In our American culture it is believed haint blue was brought to the southern coastal region by original slave inhabitants from Africa. Some descendents still there, can speak Gullah– a language scarce but indigenous to that region.
By way of background, ‘haints’ are the restless not-so-friendly spirits of the dead caught between the physical world and the spiritual; and for whatever reason, not so ready to move on.
Since folks did not want these type of “things” hanging around, the myth about haint blue is that it keeps your home free from the influence of these spirits
Haint Blue is a spiritually based color. The original haint blue was created in the way all paints and colors used to be using raw ingredients in the hands of skilled craftspeople.
It is meant to look like water or the endless sky and keeps you safe from the influence of the haints because, legend has it they cannot cross water. The visible spectrum fools them, so they are less likely to cross into your home.
Note: What is great about Haint Blue is that it shows the connection mankind has always had with the etheric or spirit realm.