Seeking protection

Shan-Tai prayer month, day 27

A tattoo is a permanent mark on the skin of a person, but in Shan culture the practise of tattooing may be starting to fade.

Traditionally Shan men have believed that tattoos protected them from harm, whether keeping evil spirits out of their body, keeping knives from cutting them, or giving protection from poison. With increasing influence of Western culture and modernisation, Shan men are getting tattooed less, though it is still common practise to have some tattoos to ward off particular dangers or evil spirits.

Pray for:
  • Shan to realize that the power for protection only comes from Christ (Psalm 91:14–16).

  • The Lord to answer cries of Shan in distress and for Shan to take refuge, spiritually as well as physically, in the Lord (Psalm 7:1–2).

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