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02 June 2011 :: 08:06:15 am 54348

Thailand cracks down on religious tattoos

BANGKOK (AFP) 1 June 2011 – Thailand has ordered a crackdown on foreign tourists having religious images tattooed on their bodies while visiting the kingdom, official media said on Wednesday.
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Tattoos with images such as of the Buddha may offend Thai people, Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat was quoted as telling reporters.

He said his ministry had asked regional governors, particularly in tourist hotspots, to inspect tattoo studios and ask them not to use religious patterns, according to the state-run National News Bureau.

It said he would push for a law banning people from etching sacred images onto their skin.

Report by : Yahoo

Tattooed Tourists Welcomed In Thailand, Culture Minister Says

According to an earlier AFP Yahoo news report, the Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat told the media that Thailand has ordered a crackdown on tourists with religious images tattooed on their bodies while visiting Thailand.

Yantra Tattooing in Thailand

In many cultures around the world, tattoos are used as a way to signify status positions and are believed to offer supernatural protection. Magical tattoos in Thailand are very popular, in particular Yantra tattoos.

History & Symbolism of the Traditional Thai Tattoo

The traditional tattoo in Thailand is called “Sak Yant”. It is quite difficult to pinpoint the exact origins of this art as it is so old the history has almost been lost. Many countries have laid claim to the birth of this ancient art, but it is believed to have originated from the Khmer period approximately 3,000 years ago. Proof of the age of the tattoo in the form of mummies, have been discovered in and around the Philippines sporting Bamboo tattoos which are still visible.

Origins of the Tattoo

The word ‘Tattoo’ comes from the Tahitian word ‘Tattau, which means ‘to mark’ and was first mentioned in records written by the explorer James Cook in 1769 during his expedition the South Pacific.


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