CITY (AP) — Tattooed mummies in ancient Egypt, Crusaders who branded
their foreheads with crosses, and New Zealand's inked Maori warriors
were fodder for an unusual conference at a Vatican university Tuesday on the role of tattoos in shaping identity.
the Skin: identity, symbols and history of permanent body marks" was
the brainchild of a Christian arts association and Israel's ambassador
to the Holy See, an unlikely expert in the field given Judaism's
prohibition of tattooing and the painful role that tattooed serial
numbers played in the Holocaust.
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