Re: *pounce hugs* THANK YOU!!!
Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 15, 2002 at 22:30:36:
: my biggest worry really.
Bottom line is: Christ was born in Palestine/Israel where everyone
for miles in any direction was using henna! The Jews there were
hennaeing, the Canaanites were hennaeing, every body there did henna.
The Roman soldiers there wrote home bitching and griping about how the
women looked all bloodstained like vampieres with their henna. Any
wedding Christ went to would have had a night of the henna. Spring
sacrifices and festivals DID include henna. I can make a very strong
case that everyone attending at Palm Sunday and through the
crucifixion was probably hennaed. The only reason henna fell out of
Christian tradition was that Christianity moved northward into Europe
and out of the climate zone. It's still in the bible as "Camphire" as
in ... "my beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vinyard"
(which is to say, a windbreak, an comfort to hardworking hands, and a
symbol of female sexuality to match the male sexual symbolism of the
vine)(Psalms something or other). When Christians moved southward or
otherwise stayed in the henna climate range ... they kept on using henna!
Henna's a damn sight more plausible as a "Christian tradition" than a
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