The Influence of Religion and Culture over Tattoos and Body Piercings

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For decades, tattoos and body piercings have been one of the most controversial concerns among religion such as Christians. According to a statement made by the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in their website, they declare “The Synod has no position on this subject. It should be kept in mind that the prohibition in Leviticus 19:28 ... For Christians, matters such as this lie in the area of Christian freedom and wise judgment” However, for cultures and societies this controversy has become a more accepted issue because of the behaviour and the lifestyle of new generations.

It is known that Indians, natives and warriors all around the world have used body painting for a long time. But according to Jennifer Viegas, in her article for
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It means that most of the societies’ behavior’s control policies are made on the predominant religion of each society.

According to Bock, Cochran and Beeghley (Koch, Roberts, Armstrong and Owens, 2004), the religious beliefs seem to have a strong influence over the society in relation to the use of tattoos when the express that “Religiosity influences behavior as individual identity with the norms and values of the religious subculture to wish they belong”.

Armstrong (Journal of Environmental Health, 2005), in addition, wrote an article in which is exposed some US’s regulations in relation to tattoos, body piercings and permanent cosmetics. Even when she concluded that “it is unrealistic, given the amount of body art performed in the United States, to prohibit body art…” this is still an example of how for some societies, no matter the religions or traditions, see these adornments as an issues.

Koch, Roberts, Armstrong and Owens (2004) in one of their studies affirmed that religious and nonreligious individuals were equally likely to have, be interested or having the will of getting tattoos and body piercings. This study was made over a sample of 450 students random selected on the southwest of the US.

However, it seems not to be clear evidences for correlations of religions belief and society practice with interest in tattoos and body piercings. It was also

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