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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.[1]

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hall, Michael R. The Shaman of the Alligewi, 2014, p.174