Re: I would clarify that they aren't *really* tattoos.

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Posted by txilar on November 1, 2002 at 00:17:27:

In reply to: Re: I would clarify that they aren't *really* tattoos. posted by Stacey on October 31, 2002 at 21:59:46:

I've had to clarify that to people as well. People just automatically
assume that something significant like henna (meaning that you see it
and it lasts as opposed to personal rituals) must be religious (and
of course heathen =)) and something to stay away from. It's best to
be able to let them understand that some things are just like makeup!

: Hey, I really appreciate the part about "no intrinsic religious
: meaning" because, being here in North Florida, the Bible Buckle of
: the Bible Belt, I get funny looks from our fundamental Christians
: (bless their hearts!) when I talk about mehndi or show them a
: decorated palm! I guess they assume henna is "Hindu" or
: I am having some luck getting through to some of them about "no
: intrinsic religious meaning," I guess because they know me to be
: Christian too (just not fundamental) and trust me. It's going to
: take a long time for us to American-culturize the global and
: transcendental art of mehndi.
: BTW I am going to move mountains to get to Cloudland Canyon in
: Cannot WAIT to schmooze with you people!
: Stacey
: : Added a little in-
: :
: : "Mehndi is the art of applying a paste made from henna, a natural
: : plant dye, to the skin for a temporary (2-4 weeks)tattoo effect.
: : Mehndi is traditionally practiced in a wide variety of areas in
: the
: : world ranging from Africa to the Middle East, from India to the
: South
: : Pacific. It has no intrinsic religious meaning, but is oftentimes
: : applied for celebrations such as weddings, bridal showers, and
: baby
: : showers. It is painless, all natural, and fun for all ages. I
: apply
: : traditional and contemporary designs at all sorts of showers,
: : celebrations and parties."
: :
: : peace,
: : txilar


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