Re: Henna for prostitutes & abortion.
Posted by Maureen on June 19, 2002 at 00:36:26:
Since we are speculating, I would think one possibility for the henna
in the movie might have been symbolic of one step in their
transformation of her from the pregnant Japanese girl she was, into
their property. She begins as someone easily identified as Japanese,
young and pregnant...then is no longer pregnant...then being "marked"
in a way I imagine is outside of her culture in an intimate
place...then she has "disappeared" under the veils. They displaced
her. Removed from within her body the symbol of who she was and her
life previously with the abortion. Placed an external symbol on her
body as to who she would become for them. And, represented with the
veils that, she who existed previously, no longer existed...was
gone. Anyway, it I were to view each act as a symbol as oppose to
just a behavior, that is how I would interpret it. She was
transformed from a person to a commodity. I can't imagine they were
much concerned about warding off evil or evoking protection since
they were themselves the evil and what she needed protection from the
most was them. Since they were representative of what is corrupt, it
would wonderful way for the writers and directors to symbolize just
how corrupt these people were to have bad guys use something like
Mehndi totally counter to its tradition. Nothing else described
about their behavior indicates that they hold anything sacred. So
why not use something ordinarily used for wellbeing, protection and
joy to humiliate and further subjegate.
That is my guess.
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