Henna for Rain (Sirius SW henna conference)

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on May 13, 2002 at 17:46:30:

Deacon Dancer just put out a call for rain in the Albuquerque area to
lighten up the fire hazard for the conference ....

A large component of Bronze Age henna traditions were specifically to
insure sufficent rain to get in a good harvest and avert harship.
These were practiced in North Africa through the 19th century, though
they were pretty much abandoned through the 20th.

The short rant is: henna your hands wonderfully.
Go to your favorite sacred place.
Hold up your hennaed hands to the sky and tell the clouds to please
gather up and make some rain.
Drum and Dance hard all night!

IN Hennaria, Erfan has a LOVELY "prayer for rain" pattern that was
traditionally used in Iran during periods of extreme drought, when
people came together to pray for rain!

There were three traditions associated with henna to get rain to come
that are probably best left NOT done! ... 1) bring children to the
henna/dance/drum place ... and pinch them so the deities will hear
children cry and take pity and send rain. 2) bring a ewe to the
henna/dance/drum place and startle her so she pees, thus by proxy
bringing rain 3) offer a live sacrifice to the deities for rain.

I could go on for hours about henna traditions to avert drought and
famine ..... interesting subject (partly covered in the Id al-Adha
paper available at TapDancing Lizard)

Albuquerque NEEDS RAIN! Please not too much, though ... two days,
Tuesday and Wednesday, steady drizzle would do a wonder!


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