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What is that on your hands Didnt you wash them In elementary school those were common questions that I was asked by my peers in response to the reddish-brown designs on my hands Occasionally I would keep my hands in a fist just so I wouldnt have to deal with those questions My answer to them was always Its Henna and YES I did wash my hands At that point my answer was rather simple as I was not prepared with a ten-minute speech for them as I am today Henna is a natural dye utilized worldwide for not only physical purposes but also serves as a means of symbolism for many Today I will discuss the body art purposes of Henna its many cultural applications and also the recent revival of Henna in pop-cultureA historical background of Henna from mehandicom referenced the text Mycenean Pottery by Penelope Mountjoy published in 1993 which traces the use of henna back to the Mycenaean culture which dates back to 1700 to 1300 BCE A goddess figure from Tiryns the Mycenaean culture is believed to have henna designs on her hands and arms According to the August 1993 issue of New Scientist Journal Sarah Houlton stated that Henna itself is a small shrub called hawsonia inermis and is also know as Mehndi and Al-Henna Henna grows in hot climates and is found in India Pakistan Malaysia Persia Syria Egypt Morocco Sudan and other North African Asian and Middle Eastern countries The leaves flowers and twigs from the Henna plant are ground into a fine powder and the powder us usually mixed with oil lemon juice and black tea then formed into a paste show image of powder Henna art varies from country to country depending upon the different cultural and religious traditions There are three main traditions that can be recognized aside from the modern use of henna as a trendy temporary tattoo According to an
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