Re: Henna in Ancient Greece

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 18, 2002 at 23:46:10:

In reply to: Henna in Ancient Greece posted by Soraya on September 18, 2002 at 23:14:12:

There are a number of female figures with hennaed hands and breasts
from Mycenaean Greece, related to the Anath/Asherah figures found
around the Mediteranean from the 4th Millenium forward. The Cycladic
statuettes originally had red hands, and the Kore on the Porch of the
Maidens in the Temple of Athena had hennaed feet. Henna still grew
near the beaches in Classical Greece, but was not used by the dominant
culture by the 5th century. Henna was a marker for the Syrians,
Palestinians, Assyrians and Persians, and the Greeks felt themselves
superior to those folks and thus disdained henna.

Athena was directly related to Anath, and Aphrodite was directly
related to Atiratu ... Syrian/Palestinian hennaed goddesses. The
respectable Classical Greek ladies and goddesses did not henna their
hands and feet as did women further south and east down the
Mediterranean coast, though prostitutes seem to have hennaed their
hair occasionally, and perhaps hands and feet also.


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