Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Henna art as Christian storytelling

This is lovely – the use of henna in telling the Biblical story.

One of the highlights for me of a visit to Port Douglas Markets a few weeks ago was watching the folk at work in the henna tent – the young girls checking facebook while their henna tattoo dried. Their care and interaction with each other was a joy to behold.

So it was fascinating to discover this website with designs and stories.

Henna, a temporary artwork drawn on hands and other parts of the body, is a popular beauty technique in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Christian women use henna to illustrate Bible stories and share the Gospel in a non-threatening manner. These pages describe how you can host a henna party in your home or church. Learn how to make henna and draw Bible story illustrations, and how to prepare traditional foods served in henna cultures.

I could see henna art like this also working at youth group camps as a way of building community and engaging the Christian story. I could see it working at a Synod gathering, quiet hands engagement during debates. Perhaps a mission dimension, like back at Port Douglas markets, as part of a tent in which readings from the Jesus deck were offered in a tent, along with prayer massage and henna tattooing.

Posted by steve at 08:19 AM

4 Comments

  1. love it.

    Comment by andrew hogarth — July 17, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

  2. So you want one Andrew? :)

    Or for your daughter?

    steve

    Comment by steve — July 18, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

  3. SAYCO had Henna tattoos in the prayer tent last year at SAYCO – it created great conversation with youth and Chaplains which the henna was done.

    Comment by Nicole Mugford — July 19, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

  4. Thanks Nicole. It seems like SAYCO are ahead of the College Principal. Way to go :)

    It sounds a great example of it’s use in what I would call a “festival” – larger gathering of the Christian clan, with lots of time around that gathering.

    Can you tell us more about the designs? Where they chosen out of conversation, or where they more off the shelf? Any pictures of them?

    steve

    Comment by steve — July 19, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

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