Some people consider tattoos or other body modification "bum thing." But what does religion and history have to say about it?
There are several archaeological evidences that state that the first tattoos were made around 4000 and 2000 a. C. in Egypt and also in places like the Philippines, Indonesia, among the Maori (in New Zealand) and Polynesia.
Tattoos and Christianity
In the Middle Ages the Catholic Church banned tattoos from Europe, and in the year 787 they were banned by the Pope at the time because they were considered demonic practices that characterized body vandalism. That catholic doctrine He states that tattooing his body was synonymous with despising the temple of the Holy Spirit, the body. However, some groups, such as the Knights of St. John of Malta, still had the custom of tattooing their limbs. According to history, whenever pagan tribes with the custom of wearing tattoos converted to ChristianityThe first practice to be banned was the use of tattoos, piercings or scarifications.
Tattoos and Judaism
Tattoos are totally forbidden in the Judaism. Contemporary rabbis explain that this prohibition is part of the restrictions on bodily modifications that should not be made for medical reasons, except for the ritual of circumcision. A 12th-century Jewish leader says banning tattoos is a Jewish response to paganism. At the time of the holocaust, the Nazis tattooed Jews to offend their faith. And it is quite common for anyone with tattoos not to be buried in a Jewish cemetery, as these are seen as a major source of revulsion within religion.
Tattoos and other religions and cultures
Steve Gilbert, author of the book Tattoo History: A source book He says that when Cortez and his discoverers arrived in Mexico around 1519, they were horrified to find that the natives worshiped the devil not only through idols and statues, but also through unspeakable marks on the skin. And even though Spanish Catholics had no prior contact with tattoos, they came to regard it as "the work of Satan."
The Mormons They are warned by their leaders not to tattoo the body. They believe that the body is a sacred temple, and that their faithful should keep the body clean. That is: tattooing is totally discouraged and not recommended.
The Sunni Muslims believe that tattooing is a sin because it has to do with changing the creation of Allah (God in Muslim), but tattoos are allowed in the Shiism and there are various opinions about banning tattoos among Sunnis.
The Hinduists encourage to make a mark on the forehead, and women often have tattooed stitches around their eyes and chin to enhance beauty and spiritual well-being. Some tribes use tattoos to differentiate themselves from other clans and ethnic groups.
As we can see, throughout the history of man tattoos have been related to paganism, demonism, mysticism and practically all kinds of known pagan practices. Tattoos have never been done and may never be part of the life of a straight and God-fearing person according to religion. And research and studies, without exception, show that tattoos are related to paganism. In many cultures, the tattoo artist is both a shaman, a magick-man, a priest or priestess. According to the dictionary, shaman is an intermediary between the natural world and the supernatural world that uses magic to cure disease, predict the future and control spiritual forces. The tattoo artist, or in this case the shaman, would use the tattoo as a point of contact or entry point with the spirit world. And in the middle of the 20th century, in fact, it is believed in some western countries that "body decorations" are the gateway to the supernatural. Famous writer and witch Laurie Cabot writes the following about tattoos, "The origins of tattooing are related to ancient magical arts."
Many ancient tribes used tattoos as a form of therapy or a kind of acceptance in the spirit world. The Ojibwa they tattooed the temples, foreheads, and cheeks of those who had a headache or toothache when they thought they were caused by evil spirits. Already the Mohave tattooed the chin of both sexes, because they believed that a kind of judge observed all who arrived at the land of the Deadand that if anyone did not have that mark on his face, he would send it to the underworld. Other indigenous tribes believed that while moving to the next world, they were stopped by a woman looking for marks on their faces or wrists. If these marks did not exist, one would be pushed from a high point on Earth without the slightest hope of acceptance into the spirit world. Other tribes believed that women without tattoos would be eaten by the gods. And the Bengal Hindus they said that without tattoos parents would not recognize their children in the other world.
Reasons to avoid tattoos, Christians say
a ShepherdWhen asked about tattooed youth, he said, "Prehistoric civilizations were already tattooing in Egypt, Babylon, China, Africa, and the Americas many years before Christ." In all these civilizations the tattoo was basically aimed at highlighting the religiosity in the services rendered to their gods. A tattoo is actually a mark that a person makes on their body to convey a wordless message. The tattoo is also an expression of a pact symbolism. By tattooing the person establishes a relationship of appreciation, admiration, apology, identification and consecration to the symbol marked on the skin. It can be avoided by a young Christian for the following reasons:
- It is biblically prohibited as Leviticus 19.28;
- In most cases it is associated with an expression of rebelliousness. And this is not what should characterize the true believer;
- Tattoo is aesthetically antisocial. Notice the socially outstanding people who play a leading role in society. None of them have a body marked by tattoos. A tattooed person cannot donate blood until it completes one year of its application;
- It is hygienically not recommended because of the risk of contracting diseases such as hepatitis, AIDS, syphilis, allergic reactions, infections and others in the application;
- It is usually associated with an attitude of immaturity or emotional instability. The people who get tattooed are mostly young and teenagers. There are few adults who have reached maturity or emotional stability and become involved in the fad of tattoos. So say the hippies and punks entering the old age;
- It is usually a matter of scandal, not of edification;
- The origin of the tattoo is pagan and mutilates the body, which, in the believer's case, is the temple of the Holy Spirit. And according to the biblical standard, the outer must reflect the inner balance. Mutilating the body by causing bloodshed, without the purpose of spontaneous bleeding, by accident or by health treatment, is at least pagan ritualism and the desecration of life;
- If tattooing was an excellent thing no one would want to take it off. Removing a tattoo is much more expensive and painful than applying it. The number of people looking to erase a tattoo is as large or even larger than those looking to get it.
Original text by Natalia in the late Tattoo Tattoo