Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Coptic Orthodox Tattoo



This is a picture of a Coptic Cross Tattoo on the wrist of a friend of mine named Paul. Paul got this tattoo at the age of 13 while living in Egypt. It is a sign of pride and defiance given by the Coptic Orthodox Church and worn by its members in a predominantly Islamic county. Apparently, getting caught with this tattoo guarantees the bearer harsher treatment by the government. Coptic Christians have been getting this tattoo for generations, and although Paul’s tattoo is old and faded, at one time it was a vibrant depiction of the Coptic Cross. Paul mentioned that a few generations ago, Coptic Christians would get this same tattoo on their foreheads. I found a picture here.

Paul and I talked about the brutal murder of Egyptian born Coptic Christian Hossam Armanious and his family a few days ago. Paul said something that chilled my bones; “Stuff like this happens everyday in Egypt, and is happening now in Dalfur. Nobody cares."

I’ve posted on the Armanious murder here and here. The latest news release says that the killers did not deface Coptic Christian artifacts nor did they deface their tattoos. There is some hope that this was not a hate crime.

11 comments:

Hescominsoon said...

should be interesting to see how this pans out. my gut is that this was a jihad-muder. The jihadists these days are not stupid..they can and often do make their assaults look like non-hate crimes. I could be totlaly wrong in this as well. The timing could be coiencidenatal(sp sorry) but since i do not believe in that......

toovote! said...

Nice tattoo !!! Do you dare to post it on toovote.com ???
Regards

Anonymous said...

Also in the old days, children were tattooed with the cross, so that if they were kidnapped or forced to convert, People would know they were from a christian family.

Anonymous said...

I would like to get a tattoo like this one, but I can't find a design for it. Anyone have any ideas?

Matt said...

Tattoos like that are really simple. It is essentially a plus sign with short lines intersecting each end. Mine only took about 30 seconds for the artist to do...just watch out for minimum charges (it sucks to pay $50 for 30 seconds worth of work).

BTW, I absolutely love that such a simple tattoo can represent so much (faith, solidarity, defiance...)

A.K.A. Tjalte Phellow said...

I am proud to wear mine upon my arm.
It represents Freedom from oppression and lets the world know i am defiant.
Although this one shown is small (not a bad thing) it is a show of faith & the bigger the better.
Mine covers my entire forearm & I display it with pride.
I have had many jobs were they have suggested I cover it up but I continue to refuse ^ answer with "if i must cover up then you may not wear a cross to work either"

Never had a problem & my muslim freinds are proud to be around me even tho I have this!
It is a new world & I love my active resistance.

Display yours with pride brother

Anonymous said...

Although I am not of the Coptic Orthodox Church, I am a Christian and admire the pride, faith, courage, etc. the tattoo represents. Does anyone know if it is frowned upon for non-Coptic Christians to have this tattoo placed on their wrist? Thank you!!

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bishoi said...

you can were this cross for coptic or non coptic it is the pride of my country and religon if you want to were it just go to coptic monisteries and they give it for free!!!!! if you are not coptic you may get the roman catholic cross or a greek cross or a normal cross but it is alot of the time unusaul for uncoptic people to wear it
I LOVE MY COPTIC ORTHODOX CROSS AND MY COPTIC RELIGION

bishoi

Mike Hussey said...

Celtic cross tattoo, a symbol of circle around the intersection of cross, seems to have closer meaning to that Christianity holds. While the circle represents the eternity, the cross depicts the infinity of God’s love.

Anonymous said...

I Am Coptic, and im 13, im getting the Coptic Cross, on my wrist for my 14th birthday. My mum also has one she got hers when she was a child because in the coptic countries the Musilims used to dis the coptics. Im not getting mine because of that, but because it will just show that, i have deticated my life to God, and i want to follow in his path.