In Biblical days, when a woman was menstruating, she was considered dirty and unsuitable to be around the men so she was banished to a tent outside the village.
As happens all the women would cycle together and gather in the 'Red Tent'
For a week they were not allowed to participate in the village activities and had to stay seperate.
Little did the men know that the women languished inside the 'Red Tent'. They wove amazing fabrics, relaxed on cushions from the fabric they made and the wool of the herds the men looked after.
They made Mead a form of beer and drank and feasted, shared stories, laughed and played inside the Red Tent.
So this form of banishment from the village for being dirty and un fit to be around the men allowed the women to create a strong sisterhoood. Relax from village duties for a week, share tales of their lives, support & empower each other.
They would emerge from the Red Tent united, strong and ready to take on the week back in the village. A quick glance to a sister as they went about their daily duties, shared the secrets of what really went in inside the Red Tent.
They would eagerly await their next retreat into the sanctuary they created for themselves inside the Red Tent.