Re: Henna for prostitutes & abortion.
Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on June 20, 2002 at 21:28:16:
to be attracted to genital blood, (most blood actually, but genital
blood especially) and it was considered necessary to henna after
miscarriages or births to avert the evil eye from infesting the woman
with depression, infertility, sickness, or interferring with her
proper recovery. The midwife was often a henna artist, and henna was
part of "lying in" to assist the woman in her recovery. Patterns up
the thighs were to deter the evil eye from entering the woman, as
when she was being delivered or aborted, if the evil were to have
glanced at her vulva (which was very attractive to the evil eye), she
would be in grave danger.
Refer to the article I wrote for the journal about henna and
postpartum. Same references and material.
Henna certainly ALWAYS part of a prostitutes daily equipment for
work, as she needed to have an erotic appearance, but also to deter
the evil eye which was apt to attack her from many sources......
Yes, I´m out of the country, madly researching henna, diving into
research libraries, attending conferences, and lecturing on henna,
and will continue to be out of sight for many weeks yet. Just
stopped by for a moment....... hello.......
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