These Hands Are Not for Henna

  • Anne Vallely
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The events of the first evening that I arrived in Ladnun were uncharacteristic of all the rest: raucous laughter, singing, and the rhythms of clanking bangles rang through the air, breaking the silence of the monastery. The soft chants of the ascetics’ prayers were drowned out by the revelry of a wedding party a few blocks away.


Female Body Spiritual Practice Worldly Life Spiritual Path Monastic Life 
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