They say that everything revolves in a circle and things end where they start. Tattoos were earliest known when they symbolized a particular tribe a person belonged to or a particular faith the person followed. Later, tattooing evolved and we saw gypsies getting them done. Decade after decade, there was something new. From flowers to inscriptions of the Satan, we have seen it all. Now, we have come back to where we started. Tattoos that depict faith and belief; basically, the religion one follows and believes in. Youngsters find these tattoos more meaningful today. In this article, we shall focus more on religious tattoos for women.
One thing you must remember while getting a religious tattoo is that each religion has its own views about tattooing and those have to be respected. Some religions do not allow tattooing while some don't mention anything about it. Yes, it is an individual choice, but then the reason why you are getting a tattoo is because you believe in that religion and live by its rules. So, make sure you do your homework well.
Christianity is the most followed religion in the world. There are several Christian symbols that you can get inked on any part of your body. Some girls have gone to the extent of getting an entire portrait of Jesus Christ on their back. The rosary is another option; it looks very elegant. Alyssa Milano has a rosary tattoo below her right shoulder on the back. Other designs such as the Christian Cross, the sacred heart, the face of Mary, Crucifix, or an angel, are also an option. You can get holy verses from the Bible tattooed with any of these designs.
Islam is the second most followed religion in the world today. Many scholars have debated the existence of tattoos. According to them, getting a tattoo or getting anything inked on your body permanently is Haram. It is against the will of Allah. On the other hand, henna is allowed as it is temporary. However, some youngsters still get themselves inked with symbols of the crescent with the star and verses from the Holy Quran.
Hinduism is the third most widely followed religion in the world today. In Hinduism, tattoos are considered by some as sacred images and are widely seen on many youngsters today. One of the most common Hindu tattoo design is the 'Aum'. Not only Hindus, but people all over the world have been fascinated with this symbol just like some other Sanskrit tattoos. Other famous symbols used in Hinduism are the images of Kali, Shiva, Krishna, Brahma, Vishnu and of course, Ganesha. Hinduism is a polytheistic religion and thus, the symbols and designs for tattoos are enormous. However, it is advised to not get one inked on your feet.
Buddhism is next in line―a religion that is widely respected for its beliefs and practices. The followers of Buddhism are known as Buddhists and the founder of this religion was Gautama Buddha also known as Siddhārtha Gautama. It is said that tattoos weren't really appreciated by the people of this faith in olden days. However, as times changed, tattoos are becoming common and few of the most inked symbols are the Buddha, a Stupa, a Lotus, or even the Bo Tree. Sacred scripts and Aum are other symbols you can choose from.
Sikhism says that there is only one God and the symbol representing this faith is called the 'Ik Onkar'. This symbol is what most Sikhs use as a tattoo design today. Another common and sacred symbol is the Sikh coat of arms called the Khanda. Apart from this, some people also ink sacred texts that they relate to and live by. This religion exists mostly in Punjab (back then in undivided Punjab), an state in North India and a few other places in the world.
The practice of tattooing in Judaism is a little confusing. While some people believe that getting a tattoo is absolutely normal, some feel that it is against the will of God. Yes, the holy texts do mention that tattooing is not allowed but with changing times, some views and opinions have changed. Getting a tattoo will not stop you from any synagogue rights, but you must bear in mind that this isn't allowed. Some common symbols that youngsters prefer for tattooing are the enneagram, Hebrew consonants YHWH (name of God as it was revealed to Moses), the menorah, and the Star of David.
The Baha'i faith does not oppose in any way the practice of tattooing. However, some scholars say that though it does not allow, it doesn't even agree to it. Nothing has been mentioned regarding the legality of getting a tattoo done. The most common designs of the Baha'i faith are the Nine Pointed Star, the Ringstone Symbol, and the Greatest Name―Ya Bahá'u'l-Abhá in a form of Arabic calligraphy. It means 'O Glory Of The Most Glorious'.
Here is a confusing one. Confucianism is a philosophical and ethical system of Chinese origin. It was first started or implemented by a Chinese philosopher called Confucius. The core or the basic principles of Confucianism are based on Humanity. Thus, any symbol that depicts humanity can be used. Apart from this, there are very few symbols that pertain only to Confucianism. This religion is mainly practiced in countries such as China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Japan. The most common symbol of Confucianism is that of Confucius wearing the attire of a scholar.
Jainism is an Indian religion and one of the oldest that still exists as one of the most followed religions in the world. Jainism believes that the body is temporary, whereas the soul is permanent. Hence, there are no rules and regulations regarding the practice of tattoos. Jainism is mainly focused on a path that implements non-violence and pacifism. The five main pillars of this religion are non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, celibacy, and non-materialism. The most famous symbols of Jainism are Triratna (The triple gems of Jainism), Kalasha (Completeness and wisdom), Mirror Clarity (reflection of one's true self), and Swastika (Peace and prosperity).
There is nothing called a Shinto religion that has been recorded. Yes, but there are set of practices that were carried out in ancient Japan that helped to maintain the spiritual side of a human. The exact definition as such is very confusing for us to understand today. But it is perceived as something humans practice to connect to ancient Japan. Today, there are many Shinto shrines that are dedicated to different aspects such as war, romance, and harvest festivals even. The main symbol of Shintoism is the Torii gate, which symbolizes the transition between the finite and infinite world. Other symbols are Tomoe, Omamori, Jizo, and Magatama.
Know everything about the symbol that you finalize. Also, there are some symbols that you can get inked without being of that particular faith. However, this is something you need to confirm by reading about both the religions―yours and the one to which the symbol belongs.