The Buddhists say if you meet somebody and your heart pounds, your hands shake, your knees go weak, that’s not the one. When you meet your ‘soul mate’ you’ll feel calm. No anxiety, no agitation
Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III, Karnak, Egypt 1900-1920
Photograph by Petra Warner
For hundreds of years, women in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia have decorated their bodies with designs painted with a paste made from henna leaves, a practice called mehndi in India. Trendy in recent years, the lacework decorations are part of a tradition of creating designs to ward off evil or declare one’s happiness.
My wanderings, my anxieties, my impatience, doubts, beliefs, hallucinations. My loves, rages, rewards, contradictions. My refusal to submit to discipline, even my own. The sporadic visits of Loni, my sister, the 100-headed woman. All this was not conducive to a favorable climate for quiet sitting work. -Max Ernst