6 Deeply Meaningful Christian Tattoos - Beliefnet
Aside from the more classic angel or praying hands, the wearing of religious symbolism on one’s body has long been a way to express faith, individuality, and identity. Some of the earliest known body art was rooted in spirituality, including tribesmen and their spirit animal. Those who successfully completed their pilgrimage to Jerusalem were known to celebrate the occasion with a permanent marking on their body, as a badge of honor. Early Coptic Christians believed these inklings were the only proof that you had been to the Holy Land, since only a Coptic priest was permitted to apply these body markings. Ironically, Christianity is the only organized modern religion that has any documented prohibition of permanent bodily markings (Leviticus 19:28). Most theologians today argue that this was meant as a deterrent against alternate spiritual practices among non-believers. Today, the act of wearing a permanent symbol of your beliefs is widespread.