LEARNING OBJECTIVE – To consider whether body is a form of religious art. By the end of the lesson: All must – have explored their own opinion on body art. Most should – be able to explain the symbolic significance of the art to the individual. Some could – consider whether scripture would support or go against body art. Religious Body Art
What is the religious meaning behind these tattoos? Annotate the sheet with ideas. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Alpha and Omega: beginning and end of the Greek alphabet – symbolises that God is the beginning and end of everything. The chalice: Can represent the blood of Jesus as it is used in Holy Communion/mass. The chalice is also a symbol of Jesus’ suffering – in the garden of Gethsemane he asked God: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.” Lion of Judah- in Christianity it refers to Jesus. Jesus is believed to be a descendant of the Tribe of Judah from the Old Testament. The book of Revelation refers to Jesus as a lion: “Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah! Agnus Dei is a Latin term meaning Lamb of God , and refers to Jesus Christ in his role of the perfect sacrificial offering that atones for the sins of humanity.
Isaiah 40:31: "They will soar on wings like eagles; they will not run and not grow weary, they will walk, and not be faint." Scripture…
Links to previous learning… Church lecterns are often in the shape of an Eagle. On gravestones
Links to previous learning… One of Raphael’s angels Michelangelo
Bikers for Christ "Some wish to live within the sound of church or chapel bells; We want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell!!!"
<ul><li>What do you consider to be the purpose of religious body art? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think worshipping God through body art is appropriate? </li></ul><ul><li>Exam practice </li></ul><ul><li>How could you use the topic of religious body art when answering the following exam questions… </li></ul><ul><li>AO1 (worth 30 marks) </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the purpose of religious art. </li></ul><ul><li>AO2 (worth 15 marks) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Only a person with religious belief can fully understand the significance of religious art.’ </li></ul><ul><li>To what extent is this claim true? </li></ul>
Christian/Judeo tradition <ul><li>Leviticus 19:28, "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord." </li></ul><ul><li>This passage in Leviticus deals with the pagan religious rituals of the people living around the Israelites. </li></ul><ul><li>God’s desire is to set his people apart from other cultures. The focus here is prohibiting worldly, heathen worship and witchcraft. God forbids his holy people to engage in idolatrous, pagan worship and sorcery which imitates the heathens. He does this out of protection, because he knows this will lead them away from the one true God. </li></ul>
Christian <ul><li>In the New Testament, there was a man named Legion who was possessed by demons in Mark 5:1-9 who went about cutting himself with stones. (vs. 5) </li></ul><ul><li>Leviticus 19:28 says “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you : I am the LORD.” </li></ul>
Islam <ul><li>Tattoos are a type of body modification and this is not allowed in Islam. </li></ul><ul><li>Tattooing, in which the skin is pierced with a needle is Haraam (not allowed) because it involves changing the creation of Allah. </li></ul><ul><li>In the same way, Shari'ah (Islamic laws) warns against disfiguring of the body, as well as "unnecessary intrusion, alteration and defacement of Allah’s creation". </li></ul><ul><li>The Holy Qur'an considers such alterations as inspired by Shaytaan (Satan), who "...will command them (his devotees) to change what Allah has created..." </li></ul>
<ul><li>Choose the statement you MOST agree with & give a reason why… </li></ul>We are all made in the image of God and we should respect our bodies and not mutilate them with tattoos and piercings It is up to the individual to decide whether they want body art or not. A truly religious person should not permanently mark their bodies. A religious person can worship God through any means he/she feels is appropriate.
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