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Buddha tattoo sees Briton deported

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:44 PM

A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.

Sri Lankan police said Naomi Michelle Coleman, 37, was arrested at Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital, Colombo, after she arrived from India.

A police spokesman said she was arrested for "hurting others' religious feelings" after the tattoo of a Buddha seated on a lotus flower was spotted on her right arm.

https://uk.news.yaho...29.html#O5xRiQ2

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:52 PM

Serves her right for pandering to other peoples right to be offended over absolutely nothing...


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:02 PM

I wonder what the Compassionate Buddha would have to say about it all .... not seeing how failing to recognise one's own "suffering" or in the case "taking offence" is honouring his life's work personally.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:22 PM

Crazy. I bet while they arrested her for a tattoo of a Buddha, they gave clearance to someone with a tattooed swastika on their forehead.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:29 PM

View Post:PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR:, on 22 April 2014 - 01:22 PM, said:

Crazy. I bet while they arrested her for a tattoo of a Buddha, they gave clearance to someone with a tattooed swastika on their forehead.
Actually that might offend them too - the swastika is a sacred symbol in Buddhism and means nothing like what it stood for with the Nazis.  On that note, we had a chinese festival in Melbourne some years ago where the flower arrangements were done in the shape of a swastika - the Jews were deeply offended and the arrangements had to be removed.  This world is a little crazy no matter where you live on it I think.

The Swastika in Buddhism

http://www.religionf...ls/swastika.htm

The swastika (Sanskrit svastika, "all is well") is a cross with four arms of equal length, with the ends of each arm bent at a right angle. Sometimes dots are added between each arm.

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Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Celts, [color=#9040AD !important][background=transparent !important]Native Americans[/background][/color], and Persians as well Hindus, Jains and Buddhists.
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The swastika's Indian name comes the Sanskrit word svasti, meaninggood fortune, luck and well being.
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Posted 22 April 2014 - 02:40 PM

At least she was deported...when the cartoons of Muhammad got published by the Danes that resulted in death threats...

Extreme I know..

heres the image

http://www.dailymail...l-religion.html

Edited by Still Waters, 22 April 2014 - 09:32 PM.
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Posted 22 April 2014 - 02:54 PM

Well ... she should have just covered it up, but still this is silly. There's tons of people with tattoos of crosses and Jesus and every other Christian variation... I'm not getting my feelings hurt by it.


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 03:00 PM

View PostLaurent, on 22 April 2014 - 02:54 PM, said:

Well ... she should have just covered it up, but still this is silly. There's tons of people with tattoos of crosses and Jesus and every other Christian variation... I'm not getting my feelings hurt by it.

yep, you cant have a tattoo of Buddha, but you can probably buy the statues in the tourist shops  :yes:


heres another story on the same thing, first heres the image

http://weirdcrime.ne...-statue-photos/


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:25 PM

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A British tourist arrested in Sri Lanka because she had a Buddha tattoo on her arm said she has been offered a holiday in the country "as an apology".

http://www.bbc.co.uk...d-asia-27138254

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 01:39 PM

View PostlibstaK, on 22 April 2014 - 01:29 PM, said:

Actually that might offend them too - the swastika is a sacred symbol in Buddhism and means nothing like what it stood for with the Nazis.  On that note, we had a chinese festival in Melbourne some years ago where the flower arrangements were done in the shape of a swastika - the Jews were deeply offended and the arrangements had to be removed.  This world is a little crazy no matter where you live on it I think.

I wasn't aware of this fact. It certainly made my first comment a bit redundant haha.

Because of its use in WWII, the most common meaning behind the swastika has trumped me to realize there might be a prior history of the symbol.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 01:40 PM

The real insult, in my opinion, is that they think for even a moment, she'd be interested in going back. Nothing but that ridiculous idea deserves to be frowned upon.

Edited by cisum, 28 April 2014 - 01:41 PM.


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:05 PM

View Post:PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR:, on 25 April 2014 - 01:39 PM, said:

I wasn't aware of this fact. It certainly made my first comment a bit redundant haha.

Because of its use in WWII, the most common meaning behind the swastika has trumped me to realize there might be a prior history of the symbol.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:06 PM

View Postcisum, on 28 April 2014 - 01:40 PM, said:

The real insult, in my opinion, is that they think for even a moment, she'd be interested in going back. Nothing but that ridiculous idea deserves to be frowned upon.
I don't see an apology as an insult. :) And sometimes it's good to forgive and forget.


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:08 PM

The "swastika" as a Buddhist symbol is not the same as the Nazi variation.  It's at an angle and the arms point the opposite way.  I would ascribe any identification of the two to ignorance.


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:35 PM

View PostFLOMBIE, on 28 April 2014 - 02:06 PM, said:

I don't see an apology as an insult. :) And sometimes it's good to forgive and forget.
In no way do I mean that she should hold a grudge nor am I against the apology. I just think the offer is nonsensical considering the unnecessary disrespect she was shown to begin with. While I'm sure Naomi is willing to forgive and forget, in her mind, the damage has no doubt already been done.





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