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    Tattoos and the gods..

    Would you think it would be inappropriate for a believer to get a tattoo of the god or goddess they feel a particuliar devotion too? I mean, I know a rash decision is a bad idea for any tattoo, regardless of religion. I have a Pagan friend who wants to get a tattoo of a stylized version of Apollo, which she has been worshipping for about nine years. Do you think that doing something like this is acceptable to your own opinion on your path?
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    Re: Tattoos and the gods..

    I'm cool with it. Apollo is badass.
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    Re: Tattoos and the gods..

    I think that getting tattooed, regardless of reason, should be something to be thought over at length because they are permanent. That said:

    [quote author=frankophonic link=topic=1390.msg28350#msg28350 date=1294892185]
    Would you think it would be inappropriate for a believer to get a tattoo of the god or goddess they feel a particuliar devotion too?[/quote]
    Not at all. It is their belief, it is their body. If this is a form of worship they wish to endure for their deity, whom am I to judge? For a lot of people this is an important step and even sometimes something to affirm the depth of their devotion. Body ink has been part of many religious traditions for as long as religion has been around.

    [quote author=frankophonic link=topic=1390.msg28350#msg28350 date=1294892185]I have a Pagan friend who wants to get a tattoo of a stylized version of Apollo, which she has been worshipping for about nine years. [/quote]
    It sounds like she has a very strong connection to her deity and I think it's actually a neat idea.


    [quote author=frankophonic link=topic=1390.msg28350#msg28350 date=1294892185]
    Do you think that doing something like this is acceptable to your own opinion on your path?
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    My particular path doesn't have any rules for or against body ink. I have a tattoo (of an animal) and while it wasn't intended to represent my path, it can still be interpreted as such if I choose to. Or not. That's the beauty of having ink that wasn't intended to mean anything specific -- as far as religion goes.
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    Re: Tattoos and the gods..

    I belive it would be showing a special devotion to your deity I actually plan on getting tattoo(s) of my deities at some point (im thinking a sundisk between cow horns for the lady of the sistrum between my shoulders but that's the only one im sure of) I think its perfectly fine after all I see tons of christians with cross and crucifix tattoos. Tattoos have been found on mummies in kemet, and their is evedence the practice goes back for a very long time. As juniper said body ink has been around in religeous practices for as long as religeon has.
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    Re: Tattoos and the gods..

    I think it's a cool way to show your devotion--just make sure before the inking starts. The cost of tattoos prevents me from getting anymore, for now.
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    Re: Tattoos and the gods..

    As long as you're doing some hard thinking about your tattoo design and placement for a while before hand (which is true for any tattoo) then I don't see a problem with it. Of course, you'd want to be sure that the deity you followed didn't have a problem with it. I briefly considered getting a crows feather steadied in flame to represent my current two Matrons, Morrigan and Brighid. Morrigan made it quite clear, as soon as I had the thought, that it was not something She approved of. Whether that's specifically a tattoo of Her, or merging it with a tattoo of Brighid, or whether I should wait for my third Matron to reveal Herself...

    Either way, check with your deity.

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    Re: Tattoos and the gods..

    All of my tattoos have some sort of spiritual significance, just got done with my fifth not 12 hrs ago hehe. I find that it's a way to bond with spiritual aspects. I've often tranced while getting them and say a prayer-like devotion of the tattoo to an intent or deity, very similar to the liturgy for talisman charging. These are carefully thought out and drawn before taking them into the shop to be put on.
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    Re: Tattoos and the gods..

    For me a tattoo has to be something that will never change ... My right shoulder is my military service and my left shoulder is me, my zodiac, chinese birth year sign, blue moon (which I was born under), etc ... These things will never change ... I know a gal that has her kids foot prints from their birth certificates on her ankle ... That will never change ... But she was engaged and he was killed before they wed ... Now she has a new fiance ... Loves and spouses change ... Beliefs change ... Many here used to be Christian of some sort, but now? ... What if they had gotten a tattoo of Jesus on their back? ...


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    Re: Tattoos and the gods..

    [quote author=magusjinx link=topic=1390.msg28555#msg28555 date=1294961570]
    Beliefs change ... Many here used to be Christian of some sort, but now? ... What if they had gotten a tattoo of Jesus on their back? ... [/quote]

    Well, I guess it's the sort of thing that really depends... I mean, if I were to get a religious tattoo now, I think I would be okay with it even if my beliefs changed down the road. I've been pagan for over 10 years now, it is a huge part of me, it has greatly shaped who I am today. Even if my beliefs change, I would be okay with it, to see it as a reminder of where I've been - of a very important part of my life, even if I have changed.

    But you are right, it is something important to consider.

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    Re: Tattoos and the gods..

    [quote author=Gardenia link=topic=1390.msg28600#msg28600 date=1294971626]
    Even if my beliefs change, I would be okay with it, to see it as a reminder of where I've been - of a very important part of my life, even if I have changed.

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    This is my philosophy also. I see tattoos as a demarcation of important events, philosophies, people, etc in life that shape who we have become, not something that is fixed and unchangeable. IMO, tattoos reflect the journey of my life, not who I am at the destination...though I prefer for it to highlight the *really important* stuff, and not be like a random twitter feed.
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