The Ecological and Nutritional Impact of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice,
and the Significance of Henna in this Sacrifice.
Catherine Cartwright Jones
Copyright February 14, 2002
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This paper details Id sacrifice traditions and effects, focusing on henna and ecosystem management, from its origins in the Neolithic Mediterranean world, to present day.
Artifacts and written records dating from the Bronze Age Mediterranean prove that women hennaed their hands in celebration of a springtime ritual sacrifice to secure fertility and blessings for the land and community. These fertility festivals and their henna traditions spread into three different major religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The annual sacrifice to secure the favor of a deity was not simply symbolic. The ritual action managed the domestic herd populations within the ecosystems towards an optimum level of productivity, benefiting both people and landscape.
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