The Bride's Henna Ritual: Symbols, Meanings and Changes

  title={The Bride's Henna Ritual: Symbols, Meanings and Changes},
  author={R. Sharaby},
  journal={Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues},
  pages={11 - 42}
  • R. Sharaby
  • Published 2006
  • Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues
  • The bride's henna ritual was the principal rite of passage for women in Yemen. This ritual was an important stage in preparing the bride for her new life, as she changed from a girl-youth into a man's wife, became separated from her family, and went to live in her husband's home. It expressed a rigid gender separation and a non-egalitarian system in which femininity was shackled in structural inferiority. After immigrating to Israel and becoming exposed to a western society with egalitarian… CONTINUE READING
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