Re: Tattoos: demon affiliation
Saturday (7/24/10) on PBS was a program/documentary, "Skin Stories". I caught it mid-program and there it was... these Maori people of New Zealand, faces all disfigured with "Ta Moko". Tattoos. As the program progressed to Hawaii, it was called "Kakau".
Those putting together the program would repeat the expression, "body art", because that's what people call it in this country. But as introduction to the pagan concepts in 'religion' and 'worship': back in 1999 we also observed the religious connotations of 'art' and statuary in Bali: "Bali and the pagan "church"" [link]
As the program progressed, the people spoke of their own experiences and attitudes, and one sees the 'reverence' with which they submit to being tattooed, it was quite obvious that to these cultures the tattoo is of extreme religious significance. The one Maori fellow described his heart: that the Ta Moko 'describes and defines his beliefs'. And as he was sitting in the chair, leans back, spreads out his arms to show the fullness of his tattoos for the cameras, "THIS IS WHO I AM".
I don't recall if it was the same fellow, or somebody from Hawaii; but in talking about the personal -essence- and religious embracing of their tattoos, the person spoke as though his tattoos -defined- his own faith; in the same way that 'others' (him speaking) perhaps have this "little book" that they call the "Bible" that defines -their- spiritual 'essence'. In his view, a person's tattoo -IS- their 'bible'.
In Hawaii they showed this younger fellow who wanted to get his Kakau, and went to a tattoo master, but the master would not -immediately- give it to him. The master delved into the man's mind and spirit, getting him to be introspective to search out -exactly- 'who' he was. Who is his family? What are his values? What are his beliefs? Does the 'artwork' he wants accurately portray who he really is in his inner soul?
They also showed several different people going into the process, surrounded by spiritually supportive people, in a state of 'hushed' -reverence-, much as those in the "church" used to approach -prayer- and worship, laying hands collectively on the person for whom they were praying. The person receiving the tattoo had hands reverently 'laid' on them. The narrator didn't say all this, but in watching it, it was obvious that that is what it was. In Acts in a few initiatory instances, the apostles laid hands for people to receive the Holy Spirit; and charismatics, satan's (angel of light 2Co11:14) counterfeit, claim to do the same, although they are being "spirit-filled" with demons. In like-fashion, these tattoos are given, accompanied by laying-of-hands.
What do these tattoos look like? The Maori men would do up their entire faces, such that when they were done... well... who needs a witchdoctor mask!? Their faces looked just like witchdoctor masks. The women could hardly wait to be old enough to get their Ta Moko. Theirs were done from their lower lips, down over the chin, down to the throat region. Actually, in 'distant' shots it looked like they had been quite sloppy while eating and had drooled messiness down their chin, and hadn't wiped it off. It was rather grotesquely ugly, but in their culture they thought of it as being sensuously beautiful. Perhaps Cindy Crawford's (trademark) facial "beauty" spot is considered attractive? But there's no questioning that she's a 'woman'. But these Maori women looked like -men- with goatees!
So... why are we bothering to talk about this? When it comes to personal appearance, many have been the excuses over the years from Goth and other young non-conformist rebels, "Don't judge a book by its cover." And I have suggested that, Yes you -can- judge a book by its cover, because the author of the book, knowing its contents, would have approved the cover. As the Maori man said (opening wide his arms), "This is who I am" In other words, "this", his 'cover', the tattoos... his appearance. Based on who he was, he modified his appearance to match his 'essence'.
Man was made originally in the "image of God" (Ge1:27); but when man serves a different master, he changes to conform to that master.
As I thought on how the Maori women's Ta Moko looked like goatees, and particularly quite similar to the -kind- of goatees that men in this country have been wearing who either 1) have affinity for new age spirituality or satanism, or 2) are in the Calvary Chapel, Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, I googled and found a Wikipedia entry on beards and goatees. They included pictures of Marx and Engels with their -very- FULL beards and facial hair. (So, apparently dad was right when he would criticize a person back in the 60s and 70s who sported a full beard like that, like Fidel Castro.) People of similar political outlooks make a point to look like each other.
If you have read David Cloud's testimonies, he speaks of his hippy days when he would let his "freak flag fly" (long hair). I'm the same age as him (born the same year), and lived through those times, but never heard that expression. I observed the hippy movement at arm's length, but never fellowshipped, so didn't learn all their lingo. My hair never got longer than a long 'military' cut. I was not a hippy, and never grew my hair as such. Nobody would mistake me for a hippy. Also, nobody would mistake me for being a -woman-. How many were the stories of the male walking along, following what he thought was a 'female' due to the long silky smooth hair, thinking to catch up, introduce himself and carry on a conversation, only to get up close and discover the (Castro, Engels, Marx) beard on the front side!!
This whole thing of the 'goatee' has got me thinking, putting some definable -substance- to what I have been sensing in the spirit for several years, now. When Jeroboam split Israel away from Judah and made the golden calves, it also speaks of his setting up priests over his works... "the SATYRS, and the calves which he had made" (2Ch11:15) KJV in place of satyrs says "devils". Other translations say, variously: he-goats, devils, demons, goats. The inverted pentagram is often superimposed over the likeness of a goat's head, with the lower point corresponding with the goat's beard. And those who are deeply into satan worship will also often sport the long goatee that is typically associated with wizards.
When the Maori women have their Ta Moko, when the tattoo runs from the chin down to the throat, it has that long 'wizard' look. But when up close, seeing the concentration on the lower lip and chin, it also looks just like these goatees sported by the men of New Age and Charismania. Sporting facial hair to emulate their beliefs and spiritual essence. As the one fellow said, "This is who I am"
In other words, as we leave off preachin' and go into meddlin': When these men sport those particular goatees, as they do, they are associating themselves, and proclaiming their association with demons... with satan!
So, the Maori women do their goatee with tattoos. Let's get back to the tattoo. It's all part of the same topic. Notice the opening passage lumps together Sorcery and Fortunetelling with Hair and Cuttings in the flesh. If you are into demonism, occult, spiritualism... of equal dimensions are the physical appearances that go with them in the type of hair fashion and tattoo. It's a package deal. You have a belief? You make yourself -look- like what you believe. Faith into works and action. (Ja2:18) For the Christian it is faith "-unto- GOOD works" (Eph2:10) And conversely, the works that are unto satan indicate a follower of satan!
You do not expect a computer technical manual to have a cover with a bare-chested man embracing a nearly naked woman; nor is a steamy romance novel depicted with electronic circuitry. No! The cover -does- define the book!
In the program they showed the traditional tools for giving tattoos. Not the new electric-powered devices. This one tattoo master had a rack full of various sized cutters. If you're not familiar (I wasn't until the show), they look like miniature pine needle rakes, for you who know what those are. It's a piece of bent sheet metal on the end of a handle, with 'teeth' cut into the working edge. In the case of tattoo, these 'teeth' are sharp points, which are laid on the skin, while the master 'taps' on the 'rake' to prick into the skin. It 'cuts' into the skin. That is 'how' the tattoo is done. By the time the tattoo is finished, the skin has been 'cut' multiplied -thousands- of times. Certainly would fit both "cuttings" and "etched", by definition.
God said DO -NOT- do that.
This next I have no way of proving, and would have no way of verifying, since there are so many people who write/say so many things as though they are experts. But I have read some years ago that this 'cutting' and 'piercing' action that is done with tattoo (and also acupuncture) is a means of ushering and inviting demons to take up residence. [link] Charismatics go into shamanistic relaxed states and invite to be "spirit-filled" by mantracizing with songs and repeated phrases. Apparently the same result can be achieved from tattoo and acupuncture. You know, and then add the laying-of-hands...
Aside from the 'cutting', what are the themes of tattoos? The Maori men make their faces into the hideous likenesses of demons. The Maori women get the devil goatee. And as the man said, "This is who I am"
What about our 'western' (non-polynesian) cultures? Demons, skulls, dragons, serpents, bats, fairies and all things related. If they try to tell you, if you ask them, that it's -just- 'art', don't believe them. If they went to all that trouble to (permanently) -cover- their bodies with such symbols, don't believe their excuse to NOT 'judge the book by its cover'. The Maori man said it best, and it is true of these also...
THIS IS WHO I AM!
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire." (Re20:2,10,12,15)