Blue Krishna Worried About Color

My Regular Pagan Holiday Post

Dear Friends,

The Hindu god Krishna, who was blue, worried that his love Radha, who was not blue, might not appreciate his color. His mother suggested that he ask Radha to paint his face any color she wanted. And, according to legend, that’s how the Hindu holiday Holi was born. At the spring equinox people gather to throw colored powders on each other, and lovers paint each other’s faces. The holiday is big in India and it’s also becoming popular in the U.S.

I love the idea of getting together with a big group to throw colors on each other. What fun! But then I started wondering about what is in that powder. And also thinking, as someone with lung issues, what might be the consequence of breathing it in. We all know that breathing dust and smoke is not good for us. There’s farmer’s lung and carpenter’s lung and smoker’s lung. Now there’s probably Holi lung!

So while I’m always looking for new and old ways to celebrate the turning of the seasons, Holi is not a spring equinox tradition I intend to adopt. Instead I’m sending colorful flowers to our household to remind us that the cold wet winter is over. Which right now in Santa Rosa is more of a hope than reality. It’s raining now and it’s not very warm by our standards. Two more atmospheric rivers are threatening in the next week. The whole state of California worries about where all the water from the Sierra snow melt will go.

We see some signs of spring. Plum, peach and pear trees are blooming and the magnolias are magnificent. Poppies are starting to bloom. Birds are frisky. Oaks are leafing out. Is it fair to say spring is here but winter is still hanging on? 

My boots are muddy and the trails wet but, along with my hiking buddies, I go out every day that it’s not raining. Being outdoors is what has kept me sane through covid. Masks have kept us healthy. One or both of us usually gets sick sometime during the winter with a virus that lands in the chest and hangs on, but Holly and I have avoided air-borne diseases for three years now. Very often these days I’m the only one in a group wearing one, but I feel saved by the mask! 

May you be well and (soon) warm!

Author: Molly Martin

I'm a long-time tradeswoman activist, retired electrician and electrical inspector. I live in Santa Rosa, CA. I also share a travel blog with my wife Holly:

7 thoughts on “Blue Krishna Worried About Color”

  1. Hi Molly,

    A very wise decision. Sadly, I have often thought the same thing when watching the delightful custom of tossing all those colors on one another.

    I was familiar with “baker’s lung” —”“Baker’s lung” refers to the high risk that bakers, grain millers, and similar professionals face of developing asthma due to regular exposure to certain workplace irritants. Baker’s lung is one of the most common forms of occupational asthma in the United States.”

    And of course, miners get “black lung”. Potters get silicosis. And then I searched, and found this (all of them lung diseases):





    Alternaria species

    Wood or wood pulp

    Woodworker’s lung

    Aspergillus clavatus

    Moldy grains

    Malt-worker’s lung

    Aspergillus species

    Tobacco mold

    Tobacco-worker’s lung

    Aspergillus species

    Moldy malt

    Malt-worker’s lung

    Aspergillus versicolor

    Animal bedding

    Dog house disease

    Aureobasidium pullulans

    Moldy sequoia dust


    Aureobasidium species

    Contaminated water

    Sauna-taker’s disease

    Bacillus subtilis

    Detergent enzymes

    Detergent-worker’s lung

    Botrytis cinerea

    Grape mold

    Winegrower’s lung or Späetlase lung

    Candida albicans

    Saxophone mouthpiece

    Sax lung



    Sewage-worker’s lung

    Cryptostroma corticale

    Moldy maple bark

    Maple bark–stripper’s lung

    Merulius lacrymans

    Dry rot lung

    Mixed amoeba, fungi, and bacteria

    Cold mist and other humidifiers, air conditioners

    Nylon plant or office worker’s or air conditioner’s lung, ventilation pneumonitis

    Mycobacterium avium

    Contaminated water

    Hot tub lung

    Mycobacterium species, Gram negative bacilli

    Metal-cutting fluid

    Machine-worker’s lung

    Mucor stolonifer


    Paprika-splitter’s lung

    Penicillium casei

    Cheese mold

    Cheese-washer’s lung

    Penicillium chrysogenum

    Moldy wood dust

    Woodworker’s lung

    Penicillium frequentans

    Moldy cork


    Saccharopolyspora rectivirgula (micropolyspora faeni)

    Moldy hay

    Farmer’s lung

    Thermoactinomyces vulgaris

    Moldy hay, compost

    Farmer’s lung, mushroom-worker’s lung, composter’s lung

    Thermoactinomyces sacchari

    Sugar cane residue


    Thermophilic actinomycetes

    Moldy plant materials

    Farmer’s lung

    Trichosporon cutaneum

    Mold in Japanese homes

    Summer-type HP


    Animal fur protein

    Animal fur

    Furrier’s lung

    Avian proteins

    Bird excreta, blood, or feather

    Bird-breeder’s lung, bird-fancier’s lung, pigeon-breeder’s lung

    Gerbil proteins


    Gerbil-keeper’s lung


    Fish meal dust

    Fishmeal-worker’s lung

    Mollusk shell protein

    Mollusk shell dust

    Oyster shell lung

    Ox and pork protein

    Pituitary snuff

    Pituitary snuff–taker’s lung

    Rat proteins

    Rat urine or serum

    Rodent-handler’s lung

    Silk worm larvae proteins

    Silk worm larvae

    Sericulturist’s lung

    Wheat weevil


    Miller’s lung



    Coffee bean dust

    Coffee-worker’s lung

    Lycoperdon species




    Soybean hulls

    Soybean-worker’s lung




    Chemical-worker’s lung, plasticworker’s lung, epoxy-worker’s lung

    Bordeaux mixture

    Vineyard fungicide

    Vineyard-sprayer’s lung


    Paints, plastics

    Paint-refinisher’s lung

    Pauli’s reagent

    Pauli’s reagent lung



    Insecticide lung



    Hard metal lung disease



    After finding this, I am SURE that breathing in all that dust, even once a year, will negatively impact at least a few of the celebrants.

    Quinn Montana


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  2. Thank you Molly, for the color. There is another Sacred Circle Dance this week, but it sounds like you are not ready for public interactions yet. Oh well. Some year.

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