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Woad Beta-FAQ

AQ Woad Beta-FAQ Some woad info provided by Pat Fish A WEAVER'S GARDEN by Rita Buchanan Interweave Press, Colorado '87 ISBN 0-934026-28-9 WOAD Isatis tinctoria Mustard family. May have been the first plant cultivated for its pigment. By far the most widely used dyestuff in Europe for centuries, prior to the introduction of indigo from India in the 1600's. An easy-to-grow and reliable source of blue dye. Germanic name "weeda" source of "weed." Grows in a "weedy" wind dispersed manner. Likes full sun and moisture and rich compost. 12"-15" apart. Basal rosette of oblong, slightly hairy leaves first season. 6"-18" ... read more

EUNUCHS IN INDIA

UCHS IN INDIA EUNUCHS IN INDIA It has been estimated that there are at least a million eunuchs in India. They are known as hijra, and make their livings as beggars, prostitutes and by removing "bad luck". Visitors to India can frequently see groups of gaudily dressed hijra outside large railway stations. They beg for money and, if you refuse, you will be loudly cursed and they will expose the area between their legs where their genitals used to be. Many of them have also had this area branded, so that at first glance they appear to be women. The ... read more

Various motivations for lip sewing:

>Various motivations for lip sewing: Religious/spiritual sacrifice/devotion primarily practiced among ascetic holy men in India (Sadhus) and in this case the sutures are relatively permanent (i.e. if the sutures rot over time, they may be replaced). Confrontational Performance (i.e. see Artaud's essay on the subject or read Hakim Bey's Poetic Terrorism) For example, the lip sewing that Daemon did on Mikey in 1993 was a social commentary on the issue of censorship (specifically: the police raid and confiscation of art and subsequent charge of pornography of the artist) and how we are being silenced by the policies of our right-wing ... read more

A Brief Non-Linear Piercing History

rief Non-Linear Piercing History A Brief Non-Linear Piercing History The purpose of this list is to dispel certain popular myths and misinformation circulated about different body piercings and to clarify terms wherever possible. My list focuses on piercings that appear in the ethnographic or historical literature. Recent piercings like the Madison, Christina, Cleopatra, Madonna, Nasion and others have not been included. Please note that many of the references supplied by "the father of modern piercing" Doug Malloy (a.k.a. Richard Symington) cannot be verified and should be considered folklore. If you know of any historical or ethnographic references that are not ... read more

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