Native Americans practiced self-mutilation in honor of a recently deceased close relative. This served as a demonstration of their love and respect for the newly deceased. This was typical of the Great Plains Indians.
What the Bible saysEdit
- “‘You must not make cuts in your flesh for a dead person, and you must not make tattoo markings on yourselves. I am Jehovah.
- - Leviticus 19:28
- “You are sons of Jehovah your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave your foreheads bald for a dead person.
- - Deuteronomy 14:1
- They should not make their heads bald+ or shave off the fringe of their beard or make cuts on their body.
- - Leviticus 21:5