Jump to content




Welcome to Unexplained Mysteries! Please sign in or create an account to start posting and to access a host of extra features.


- - - - -

Tourist 'upset' at Buddha tattoo row

antony ratcliffe buddha tattoo sri lanka sinhalese

  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1    Still Waters

Still Waters

    Deeply Mysterious

  • 38,562 posts
  • Joined:01 Jun 2008
  • Gender:Female

  • "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:33 PM

A British tourist is "shocked and upset" after being deported from Sri Lanka for displaying a Buddha tattoo on his arm, he says.

Antony Ratcliffe, 42, from Nottingham, was turned back at Colombo's main airport on Friday for allegedly showing a lack of respect for Buddhism.

The authorities are tough on perceived insults to Buddhism - the religion of the island's majority ethnic Sinhalese.

But Mr Ratcliffe says the "inoffensive" body art was meant as a tribute.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...d-asia-21820476

Posted Image

#2    freetoroam

freetoroam

    Honourary member of the UM asylum

  • Member
  • 7,476 posts
  • Joined:11 Nov 2012
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:rivers and canals of England and Wales.

  • If you didn't see it with your own eyes, or hear it with your own ears, don't invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth!

Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:52 PM

I agree with them! if he wants to tribute them, then join them!
its not like England where people are allowed to disrespect our western cultures and do exactly what they like by enforcing their own and expecting us to accept them.
I wonder how much he really knows about it anyway?
Have seen many a chav have chinese writing on their body, but can not read or write it themselves!

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

#3    Valdemar the Great

Valdemar the Great

    Mainly Spherical in Shape

  • Member
  • 25,038 posts
  • Joined:09 May 2005
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:there

  • Vampires are people too.

Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:57 PM

I thought one of the most important features of Buddhism was its tolerance and its opposition to forcing its dogmas on others. I suppose this is what happens when Authorities co-opt something as the Official State Religion, something that, just like with the teachings of Jesus, its founders never had any wish for their philosophy to become.

Life is a hideous business, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous.

H. P. Lovecraft.


:cat:


#4    freetoroam

freetoroam

    Honourary member of the UM asylum

  • Member
  • 7,476 posts
  • Joined:11 Nov 2012
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:rivers and canals of England and Wales.

  • If you didn't see it with your own eyes, or hear it with your own ears, don't invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth!

Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:01 PM

I agree and see where you are coming from LV, but maybe in todays society people no longer start of with an inch, they start at the mile.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

#5    Ashotep

Ashotep

    Telekinetic

  • Member
  • 7,450 posts
  • Joined:10 May 2011
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:USA

  • Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway-John Wayne

Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:04 PM

Religions can be too touchy.  At least he wasn't stoned to death.


#6    Frank Merton

Frank Merton

    Blue fish

  • Member
  • 14,359 posts
  • Joined:22 Jan 2013
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • fmerton.blogspot.com

Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:21 PM

I wonder what the other side of the story is.  I suspect if he had kept his shirt on things would have been fine.

Tatoos among some Buddhists have meanings that I don't fully understand, having to do with masculinity and sub-legal affiliations and various forms of magic, so tattoos are bound to be touchy.  I know Thailand has a rule against the import of statues of the Buddha, but I don't know how strictly it is enforced.

If you want to vist a Buddhist temple almost anywhere, certain signs of respect are demanded.  One wears long pants and often long sleeves, does not exhibit one's midriff, and so on.  On entering the actual temple one of course removes one's shoes -- but that applies to all dwellings in most of Asia.

I remember once seeing a pair of European backpackers being ungently ushered out of a temple: I have no idea what they did.


#7    dharma warrior

dharma warrior

    Ectoplasmic Residue

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 244 posts
  • Joined:08 Jun 2011
  • Gender:Not Selected

  • "Life is hard, it's harder if you're stupid.

Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:26 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 17 March 2013 - 02:52 PM, said:

I agree with them! if he wants to tribute them, then join them!
its not like England where people are allowed to disrespect our western cultures and do exactly what they like by enforcing their own and expecting us to accept them.
I wonder how much he really knows about it anyway?
Have seen many a chav have chinese writing on their body, but can not read or write it themselves!

Brittany Spears has a tattoo of some chinese characters, but neither she nor the tattoo artist realised that they were put on backwards.


#8    Frank Merton

Frank Merton

    Blue fish

  • Member
  • 14,359 posts
  • Joined:22 Jan 2013
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • fmerton.blogspot.com

Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:34 PM

Well I have some doubts as to both the wisdom and propriety of not admitting a tourist for this reason.  I can see it happening -- tattoos are not seen as they are in the West -- they have a criminal flavor to them -- but surely someone has thought it through and decided that such things are to be expected from Westerners ignorant and insensitive to different cultures, and so must be tolerated.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users