Abbot gets warning for tattooing lay persons

THE abbot of Mae Takrai Temple in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai got a warning from the Ecclesiastical Council after his photos tattooing a woman were posted on social media, reported today (Sept. 16).

The abbot later explained to the council that the person in the photos is in fact a man who had undergone a sex-change operation.

“This person is a man, so I see no reason why I cannot tattoo his body,” said the abbot. “I have not broken any ecclesiastical rules.”  


Top: Mae Takrai Temple Abbot busy tattooing. Photo:

By Songpol Kaopatumtip