Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Thai Culture Minister wants Buddha tattoos banned

Thailand’s Minister for Culture Niphit Intharasombat has suggested that tourist should be banned from having tattoo designs of the Buddha done in a country where Buddha images are revered. He remarked that foreigners (farang in Thai) see them as a fashionable design and do not have them out of any particular devotion to Buddhism or reverence for the Buddha image.

"Foreigners see these tattoos as fashion," Niphit said on the ministry's website.

Thailand’s religion is nearly 96% Buddhist, and Buddha statues and Buddha images are considered sacred objects of worship. The minister was reported to have asked the culture ministry to tell Thai tattoo parlours to cease the activity.

According to the Thai official news agency, NNT, he also requested that provincial governors should "inspect tattoo studios and seek their co-operation".

Finally the news agency reported that the minister was seeking a new law banning the practice.

“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” Buddha

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