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

@article{Sharaby2006TheBH,
  title={The Bride's Henna Ritual: Symbols, Meanings and Changes},
  author={Rachel Sharaby},
  journal={Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies \& Gender Issues},
  year={2006},
  volume={11},
  pages={11 - 42}
}
  • R. Sharaby
  • Published 27 June 2006
  • Sociology
  • 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… 
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