In this virtually hands-on presentation, we will dive into the herstory and significance of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis), native to many African, Indo-Pak and SWANA (decolonial term for the Middle East / SW Asian + N African) regions. We will be looking at its dyeing and medicinal herbal properties as historically used by women for millennia in ritual, gatherings and ceremonial rites. We will discuss the cultural significance of henna in today’s world before exploring how it could be used ritually in the context of witchcraft/occult applications. Recipes, resources and demonstrations of basic application techniques will help all in attendance get started. Bint has been working with the henna plant for over 20 years, both as a professional artist and in the recent decade–ritually.
About the Presenter:
Bint is an interdisciplinary folk artist, witch-mage and experimental musician exploring contemporary applications of traditional esoteric + cultural technologies. Her most recent work uses folk crafts, sound and astrological magic to create multimedia talisman installations. Across all mediums, her work heavily incorporates motifs, methods and materia informed by early childhood training in Islamic art as well as her Egyptian, South Asian and Moorish ancestries. Bint is also founder and podcast host of the Barzakh, a collective aimed at the education and reclamation of Islam’s rich occult heritage.
**Attendees will have access to this recording until the end of 2021 - class recording links will be emailed to attendees within 7 business days of purchase. To protect the IP of our presenters, class recordings will not be downloadable.**