Tattoo on a particular part of the body also carries special significance. A tattoo that is placed on the chest is often a symbol of love and affection, since the image is drawn close to the person's heart. Small tattoos can be inscribed on the middle finger, since this finger was previously believed to have a blood vessel that was directly connected to the heart.
In recent years, forearm tattoos were a growing trend with men, but several women have decided to get body art on this part of the body as well. The forearm is said to represent toughness or strength, and many people get a forearm tattoo to bring attention to their well-toned muscles. The tattoo also serves as motivation to keep this part of the body looking its best. A tattoo on the neck usually means that someone is risky or daring and tends to make bold choices. A back tattoo could give the impression that a person is mysterious or somewhat shy.
There are religions prohibitions and permissions having tattoo on body apart from different views of keeping the tattoo on body. In Jews, having a tattoo does not prohibit participation, and one may be buried in a Jewish cemetery and participate fully in all rituals.
In Muslims, the act of tattooing is seen as a form of mutilation. Besides, ablutions that are carried out before prayers remain incomplete as water fails to reach the skin of the tattooed part. Though there are sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which say a clear NO to tattoos, but many Muslims get their tattoos done.
In Christians, there is no prohibition against tattooing within the Catholic Church, provided that the tattoo is not an image directly opposed to Catholic teaching or religious sentiment, and that an inordinate amount of money is not spent on the process. At the Catholic council of Calcuth in Northumberland in 786, a Christian bearing a tattoo "for the sake of God" (i.e. a religious tattoo in the form of a cross, a monogram of Christ, or a saint's image) was commended as praiseworthy.
Film actors have been seen tattooing Sikh religious symbols on their body to grab media attention which ‘hurts’ religious feelings of the community and that is why they want FIR registered against such people.
The Sikh clergy took this decision during a meeting at the Akal Takht (highest temporal seat of the Sikhs) following complaints of tattooing of verses from the Gurbani and the Siri Sahib (sacred sword) on the forearm of Hindi and Punjabi film actor Neeru Bajwa. Earlier, Bollywood actor Mandira Bedi also drew the ire of Sikhs for tattooing Ek Onkar on her back in 2007 and on her nape in 2010.
However, the clergy has also directed the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to approach the government for making amendments in Section 295 (deliberately hurting the religious feelings of any community by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representation) of IPC to prevent taking of the Guru Granth Sahib to tombs or mausoleums. The high priests have also sought suggestions from Sikh intellectuals to maintain the honour of the Guru Granth Sahib.
On one hand, a comment posted by H. Singh from Delhi on an article regarding the issue, says: “It is very unfortunate that somebody is using the Gurbani verses for the cheap publicity. Gurbani is above everybody directly come from Aakalpurkh (God). Nobody has the right to put it on their bodies. People must have seen that how the Gurbani Granth sahib is kept in gurudwaras in a holy manner and nobody has the right to put it on their dirty bodies.”
Another comment by BitterT5 from the US on the same issue reads: “Sikhs are degrading themselves by taking up small matters in different countries. If Sikhism is true faith Sikhs have nothing to worry.”
I personally feel that there is no harm in tattooing. It is a personal liking and feeling. Having tattoo on body is an expression of love towards the religion or the person tattooed. It will spread the message of religion as well. However, if keeping tattoo is hurting the sentiments of any religion, then it must be banned.
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