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Henna


Lawsonia Intermis


Henna
is an essential part of Moroccan culture, one of the pillars of the customary tradition. The Prophet, calling it "queen of all flowers" and it is one of the very symbols of Muslim culture.

This plant is known and used for centuries, women in ancient Egypt already knew its cosmetic capabilities. Filled with Baraka, it distributes the many benefits of its leaves. Its small white flowers are used to produce a subtle fragrance.

 

The wedding ceremony is perhaps the most important in the country because it symbolizes the family and the preservation of traditional values??, also called the multiple powers of henna. The bride is seen painted with henna on the feet and hands, arabesques across regions, charged with a message and a complex or simple protective whitewash.

Henna is also very present in the most mystical and religious ceremonies therapeutic trances or intercession of saints who are ready to many.

More than just the henna plant is one of the main actors of tradition, an additional link with the divine

 

 

Decorated feet with henna

Feet decoration with henna painting

 

Symbolism - traditions when child is born

The symbolism of Henna is so strong that the henna is used in the most important moment of life in Morocco. In the north of the country, during the preparations for the Akika celebrating the seventh day of the birth of a child, the baby just born is soaked and cleaned with water decoction of roots and leaves of mint Henna . Both plants are known for their esoteric but especially under dermatological and are supposed to bring prosperity to the baby in her future life.

In the eastern regions, six days after the birth of the child, it is every day coated with a mixture of olive oil and henna and wrapped in a cloth. The feet and hands of the newly delivered are coated with henna and is celebrated as a princess.

Each region has its own tradition of baptism, the constant is the use of henna as protection for both tangible and intangible.

 

Henna powder

Henna - a green powder



 




 

Henna tattoo
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Liens en français:


Le Henné, une plante un symbole (Dafina.net)

LA CEREMONIE DE LA HENNA OU HENNE DES JUIFS MAROCAINS (Dafina.net)

Le Henné, une tradition sociale qui date de l'antiquité.

 

 

 


Ecology


Henna

External Links

Henna (Wiki)

The Henna page