Talk:Tattoo

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Tattoos and the Bible

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However this quote forbids the specific practice of cutting one's skin and rubbing charcoal or other black material into the wound for the purpose of mourning the dead; it was a religious act that was found amongst many tribal societies at the time. The modern idea of tattooing for decoration and self expression did not exist at the time.

First, what's the historical evidence for that? I've noticed that it's pretty common for liberal Christians to hand-wave away any Bible verse that they don't like by asserting, without evidence, that it addressed some specific situation "back then." Second, do you know who else uses the "it was a religious act that was found amongst many tribal societies at the time" argument to explain away Biblical commandments? DavidE 11:35, 18 May 2012 (EDT)