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Posted by Lauren on August 26, 2002 at 02:43:25:

In reply to: People who want to tell me "how" posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 25, 2002 at 23:29:52:

: Sorry I didn't get this down there in the other discussion on how to
: cope with people who want to show you how to do henna .... as if
: somehow your hands are moving by a mysterious power slinging henna
: while you have no conscious awareness of what they're doing. I've
: been working on this one lately as I need to play the "anthro game"
: harder. I'm very rarely out slinging henna for money, so I have
: time to play another game.
: I really try to get them to tell me anything and everything they
: to about henna. I actually string them along asking one blank
: question after another just to gather information. It's not that
: necessarilly know anything I don't .. I want to know how they
: reconstruct henna history, traditions, and techniques and how they
: learned them. The anthro info-gathering process. So, I question,
: question, question, question. Perhaps its dishonest to play stupid,
: but I'm very curious how people "own" their henna experience. It
: doesn't matter whether they have anyting "right" or not, it's THEIR
: family's version of "right, and that's a very special sort
of "right".
: Chemistry and history be damned, this is the anthro/folklore
: department here. I'd NEVER recommend this if you're actually trying
: get henna work done.
: What do I do when I don't have time for this "more mehndi than thou"
: confrontation? I say, I'm doing my PhD on henna, I know a bit about
: it. Works every time. They're thrilled that there is such a thing
: possible, and they get out of my face.
: Another sort of "running up and confronting me to set me straight"
: happened several times this summer and it always gave me a big
: I used Temptu several times. Every time, god bless them, someone
: up to me in a superfast walk with the GRIMMEST look on their face
: demanding to know what I was using and asked the EXACT questions
: recommended people ask PPD slingers. They were all totally ready to
: feed me my PPD RANT back chapter and verse, and rip me a new
: as they had no clue who I was. I always grinned, complimented them
: their wisdom, and held up my bottle of Temptu, and showed them that
: is NOT PPD in any way shape or form.


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