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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 27, 2001 at 20:54:02:

In reply to: hennaed skin at funnerals posted by Silvia on October 27, 2001 at 06:32:34:

As far as I'm aware, the only person who would wear henna at a funeral
is the person for whom the festivities are given, unless the death is
in some way a cause for celebration.

There are times when a young woman is hennaed to be more presentable
to the examining angels, or to a husband who awaits her after death.
In the case of a voluntary or sacrificial death, the deceased may be
hennaed. In the case of sacrifice, (voluntary or ritual), there is a
sense of joy, and to purify the sacrifice, henna is involved. (There
is a tricky area wherein some people may see a voluntary death as
suicide, but the person who volunteers does not see it that way ....
but if you actively seek death as an absolution for others, or to join
your partner on the far side, henna happens.) (Self-sacrifice, suttee)

Henna is a celebration of life and joy. There are two occasions when
mourners henna. .. the celebration of innocent, voluntary death in a
sacrificial, redemptive sense .... (think "Easter"). OR ... there's
henna if its the death of a hated enemy, implying henna as celebration
of victory.

Under most circumstances, the living are sad to see people they love
leave, and when there is grieving, mourning, and reflection .... henna
is out of season.


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