On record is the example of
Cf. The backing of
Often also called "Boston Mission". [back]
Cf. quotes in
Such as the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, ABCFM or "Boston Mission".[back]
Ibid. Italics in original. [back]
The old testament (Levithicus XIX:28) says "You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon you." See also Levithicus XXI:5 and Moses 5 XIV:1. Apart from the Mosaic quotes tattooing is also commented upon in other parts of the Old Testament such as Jeremiah (XVI:6; XLI:5; XLVII:5; XLVIII:37), Jesaiah (IX:16) and Hezekiel (IX:4; 6).
Christian scholars tabooed tattooing early on, but it seems to have prevailed in some parts of Europe until the medieval ages (see review in
Marking of outcasts was also practised (Geneis IV:15). [back]
The missionaries, however, did only very selectively use the quotes in Levithicus, as, for examples, some of them did shave and others did cut the sides of the hair on their heads, both forbidden in Levithicus (XIX:29). [back]
However, as has been shown before, being tattooed in a specific manner, as was well as purposefully not being tattooing as the Isrealites, was a group identificator setting onself apart from the neighbours.
In the case of the Bible, the book of Levithicus sets out a set of behaviour rules which shall govern the Isrealites and which set them apart from both
ABCFM Pi-A 7 Oct 1859; quoted after