Wednesday, January 13, 2010.
Happy new year everybody! Haven't had the time nor energy to properly sit down and compose a post for the new year 'til now! However.... I'm supposed to be typing out meeting minutes at the moment so I figured, with all that typing to do, I would also do some personal typing... aka... blog! :)
Been quite a busy two weeks with school starting, and getting to know new students, and getting reacquainted with "old" ones. Have much to do in the next few weeks, definitely something that happens at the beginning of the year, EVERY year!
Today I did a bit of reading on a very interesting topic. Been looking for things to talk about and discuss for Character Building classes, and I came across something that kind of..let's say...shocked me... Never really had the right words or proof to back my beliefs about this but now I think I do.
Friends have always talked about getting tattoos, especially "Christian" ones (to be godly mah)- crosses, trinity symbols, Bible verses, and I never usually can "argue" my case on why it's WRONG. I don't believe that there are definitive "christian" symbols- only symbols associated with Christianity-which still means it doesn't necessarily mean "God". The cross is not a "Christian" symbol although we use it in church, not to SHOW that we are Christians, but to REMIND us of the basis of our faith. Even the Celtic symbol of the Trinity (people who have this tattoo say it represents the Triune God to them) has its origins rooted in the honouring of the lunar phases or lunar goddess and it has a WIDE ARRAY of meanings. The moment something can have multiple meanings, that's when you know your own take on it may just be your own way of justifying it. Shouldn't we be ABSOLUTE in our beliefs? (Your own take on it doesn't mean that you "discern" it differently from others)
Read some excerpts from books written by SATANISTS and WITCHES (real ones, not pointy hats with warty noses types)and other people who study the art of tattooing who say that tattooing is a sign of REBELLION, DEVIANCY, INDECENCY... a mark to remember the dead, a mark to show off, a mark to "evangelise" (if tattooing was one of the better ways to evangelise, I think even Jesus would have gone and gotten himself a cool tat like "Son of God" with doves and stuff)
Even in the barbaric and immoral ancient Greek and Rome, the tattoo was considered "barbaric" and used primarily to mark slaves and criminals. It’s interesting, they promoted slavery and other forms of depravity – but felt tattoos were barbaric. What does that testify of today’s barbaric Christian tattooing craze? Is the next step in Christian depravity – slavery?
"Respectable Greeks and Romans did not indulge in decorative tattooing, which they associated with barbarians. The Greeks, however, learned the technique from the Persians, and used it to mark slaves and criminals so they could be identified if they tried to escape."
(Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 15)
Weren't the Greeks those crazy people who watched people fight to the death, and with lions and other scary animals too and watch them get torn apart as sport?
Famous witch and author Laurie Cabot writes of the tattoo:"The origins of tattooing came from ancient magical practices. . . "
(Laurie Cabot, Power of the Witch, cited in Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated by Dr. Cathy Burns, p. 301)
"No hocus pocus, mambo jambo when I got my tattoo!" they say...BUT...doing it is a sign of your acceptance of it, no? Acceptance of something rooted in the occultic...on your body?
I think no matter what you say about your heritage, your culture... adding tribal designs to your tattoo is not good either as they have mystical/occultic meanings...do you even know what all those weird swirls and symbols mean??
Plus the added risk of HEPATITIS C and AIDS and any other yucky disease spread through infected needles. Pam Anderson got a small TOMMY tattoo on her finger and got Hep C... huh...
In the end, people will say, it's art. It's the way I want to express myself. I think it's just saying, 'It's my body and I can do whatever the hell I want with it" (excuse the language...hehe )
I know people will always argue their point and maybe even be a bit more intellectual and try to twist/debate/disagree with all this.. This is my own personal belief and in no way am I judging those who have tats (I have friends who do have them ok?) or those who are going to get themselves some "body art".
I like art, I can express myself, I draw pretty well... but I draw on paper...
What about you?