Give Thanks Iyah
So often I have seen tha Picture, but never realised these christian tattoos. Yes it is very widespread and common among Ethiopian Christians. Also you have in Ethiopia all kinds of earrings and piercings. (I don't speak of the Surma or Mursi who do that for slave reasons)
So in general: Who I am to judge that? I can only speak and act for Iself, and I would not like to have things through my skin, as a Nazarene. But my Queen she has earrings. It's her choice.
Like in the Itation Books I saw two Sisters both with a nose piercing. First I thought, is that really necessary?
But then I thought, why not. When we see such things in African tribes we like these ancients cultures. But now when you do it in the west, just because it's done medically more safe by doctors and so on, now we condemn it?
Or when it comes to tattoos same thing. As long the colour is not chemically artificial but a natural colour, where's the difference? Just because in the west it is done more professionally?
It is a personal decision, but still we should not be hypocritical. And to say that African tribes did never such things for pure vanity is just not true. All tribes, all cultures, all peoples from all times always liked to look good, you have many african customs which have no purpose but looking beautiful for them.... which you could call vanity.