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01:39 PM
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While I would be hard-pressed to convince anyone that I'm a practicing Buddhist (due to my foul attitude and all-around, Type-A, New Yorker mentality), Buddhism is certainly something that I've studied for a few decades. Conceptually, I agree with the notions of serenity, enlightenment and tolerance, so this news item makes me want to throw Sri Lanka a good ole Brooklyn-style side-eye.

According to the BBC, Briton Antony Ratcliffe was detained by security at the Colombo airport when they caught site of his Buddha tattoo and proclaimed that it was "disrespectful."

Says Ratcliffe:

They took my passport and held me there for an hour and a half. All the time they were bringing people in to look at my arm, and they were shaking their heads... I was explaining my case, pleading basically, and the chief officer just told me to 'shut up, shut up' and he refused to talk to me.

Sounds "Om" as fuck to me...

I won't lie, I've been profiled/questioned/scanned/swabbed/wanded at airports due to my outward appearance and tattoos on numerous occasions (in fact, one time I was patted-down by a guy who claimed to be Big Steve's stepfather). I try to take the serene approach: they're doing their job. But I find it odd that a permanent decision/commitment to Buddhism would raise such ire as an "act of disrespect" from a predominantly Buddhist country.

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[Buddha tattoo by Little Swastika]
12:22 PM
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I was going to keep this story for Monday's news review but I'm posting it now to leave you this weekend with some tattoo magic, that is, tattoos in Cambodia that are viewed as "supernatural armor against all kinds of harm."

Yesterday, The Global Post featured John Maloy's extensive article and beautiful photos by Vin Dao on traditional hand-poked tattoos performed by monks and "magic men" on soldiers to protect them in battle -- protections that include being impervious to bullets or landmines, and being invisible to the enemy.

The article describes the tattoo technique, designs ... and most interestingly, the "rules" to keep your magic potent like basic ideals of not stealing or committing adultery, but also more arbitrary rules of not eating dog meat and refraining from urinating and defecating at the same time. That's right, no protection for tandem pee-ers and poopers.

Today, however, there are less tattoos on Cambodian soldiers, some say, because of looser morals. One magic man tattooer explains:

"During the fighting, most of the fighters were powerful -- the magic worked. But with peace, many came to the cities and starting drinking, sleeping with girls and the magic has faded away."


"I decided to stop giving the tattoos because I cannot trust the young people these days. If they had tattoos they'd probably fight. Before, we thought about the liberation of our country. We had a good spirit."

Check the whole fascinating article and photos here.

And may your weekend be filled with good spirit.
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