Creative Art Of Henna

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Mehndi, The creative art of Henna

The art of Mehndi has existed for centuries and still nowdays the tradition is maintained. Mehndi is the Hindi word to describe the art of Henna, henna painting and the resultating designs. It is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhika. Mehndi designs may be different according to the cultural background of people in India, it is considered as a sign of prosperity and happiness. About Mehndi we can find descriptions in the earliest Hinduism’s Vedic ritual books. Vedic customs are centered around the idea of "awakening the inner light".
Henna is a plant used as a product to color and condition the hair. Henna painting
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With her came a court of women and all their potions, among them henna. Cleopatra Selene brought henna to Morocco just to find it was already there and she was to learn many secrets of it because in Morocco the use of henna went beyond the purpose of beauty. There henna eroticies women who must live behind their veils. Henna parties are called to help a woman who is in trouble or when is need to call the spirit world. There are evidence that henna plant was a gift from Egypt to India. Mehndi has been practiced in India for many centuries. There are cave painting in Ajanta and Allora where a princess is surrounded by women who paint her hands and elaborate henna designs. The role of henna painting in the divya-katha (divine story in Indian vocabulary) involves Lord Shiva, the god of destruction and the most powerful of the Hindu Gods. According to the tale his consort Parvati, would decorate herself with henna in order to please him and win his favor. He responds to her charms and being a very difficult husband to please, earned mehdi the association of irresistible sensual allure and marital prosperity.
Henna is a Persian name, now used in many language for a small flowering shrub (Lawsonia inermis) originally found in Australia and Asia and along Mediterranean coasts of Africa. The flower of the plant is small, white, four petaled and sweet smelling. There are many kind of henna plants. In northern India there are two types of henna: one with very large leaves and it is known as menhada, the other one known as rajani has smaller leaves and it is said to give a much brighter
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