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Beauty and the East free pdf This fascinating story of body care and the creation of sensual ambiance focuses on customs practised in the Middle East, Africa and India and takes a humorous look at the often converse attitudes towards the body prevailing in the West. Elaborate rituals of beauty and the creation of a sensual environment are by no means a thing of the past. Today, in the most modest homes, incense is still burned to create a soothing atmosphere and guests' hands are sprinkled with rosewater as a sign of welcome. Other similar attentions continue to mark out the countries of the East for their legendary hospitality. The book also includes anecdotes by Western women who were initiated into the secrets of the steam baths and descriptions by contemporary women of customs handed down by their mothers and grandmothers. Some of these customs are now known in the West, especially henna for the hair, kohl for the eyes, and the therapeutic use of essential oils. Yet there are many other body care methods using natural substances which have great appeal today, when many women are abandoning synthetic and expensive products in favour of effective alternatives which do not harm the environment. A pot pourri of practical information and delightful stories, the book includes extracts from poetry and literature and is illustrated throughout with original sketches and drawings.

About Wendy Buonaventura

Wendy Buonaventura is a dancer and writer. Her last book, on the history of Arab women's dance, Serpent of the Nile, was chosen as The Observer Book of the Year. She has also written and presented programmes for the BBC World Service. She has pioneered the development of Arabic dance as a theatre art in the West and her work has been featured at festivals throughout Europe and in the United States.

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Author : Wendy Buonaventura
Publisher : Saqi Books
Data Published : 14 February 2001
ISBN : 0863560814
EAN : 9780863560811
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 158 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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