A common form of adornment for brides, mehendi remains a constant in almost every Indian community even though rituals and traditions differ. The exact origin of henna is difficult to track as there have been mentions of various conflicting stories regarding it’s first use.While some believe that henna was introduced in India in the 12th century by the Mughals, others claim its existence for more than 5,000 years in ancient Egypt where Cleopatra herself used it for decorative purposes. Traces of it were also found on the hands of Egyptian mummies.But the earliest written evidence that mentions henna specifically used as an adornment for brides is in the Ugaritic legend of Baal and Anath, inscribed on a tablet dating back to 2100 BC, found in northwest Syria.It is also said that royal families in Persia used it as a body scrub and in Buddhism it was used during religious rituals.So, it’s not really a surprise that oriental poets have been praising the undying charm of henna in their poetry since agesOther civilizations to have used henna include the Babylonians, Assyrians, Sumerians, Semites, Ugaritics and Canaanites. The use of henna or mehendi still thrives in the eastern societies.Mostly, women from the Hindu, Muslim, Hebrew and Middle Eastern communities use it as a part of wedding ritual.
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