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Henna has been around for centuries dating back to 2100 BCE in many parts of the world including Syria, North Africa, Iraq, Greece, Egypt, Crete, Rome, and India. Although it started in all Middle Eastern and North African countries, it fell in favor around the early 20 th century by women of Europe and America.
Legend has it that Anath the goddess of fertility and battle adorned her hands with henna before battle and brides ornamented their hands in preparation for weddings. Henna was used in legend by the Ugarutic people as a bridal tradition and was used along the Mediterranean coast as a women’s cosmetic many centuries prior to 2000 BCE.
At about 1700 BCE to 900 BCE, henna appears on the statuettes of Crete and Mycenaes. These goddesses have facial patterns that resemble scarification and have been used until present times by Arabs, Bedouins, and North African Tribal Groups.
From 1400 BCE to 1AD henna has seen in Iraq, Palestine, Greece, Egypt, Crete and Roman artifacts. Henna is also mentioned in the bible as “Camphire” in the song of Solomon. It was used by the Canaanite women and grows wildly in the eastern Mediterranean. Some of the earliest artifacts show henna in India around 400 AD. In the Ajata caves of India, people were depicted to have dipped their fingers in henna, without patterning, creating the bright red tips of their fingers. It is often depicted with Buddist sculptures and wall paintings from 600 AD to 1300 AD.
By the 1700s, henna was used in the Night of Henna and is a Muslim Indian tradition of the bridal celebration. During the 1800s henna is seen as a women’s adornment and the patterning is very complex and intricate. It is beautiful in the 20 th century and is used in celebration of almost every holiday.