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Religious jewelry and images being visibly worn
I posted this at another site, but I wanted some varied opinions (slow day).
I have a ॐ tattoo on my right shoulder. It is visible when I'm sleeveless. I have a silver-tone ॐ pendant on a silver chain I wear. It is not large and gaudy. Usually I wear it under my shirt if I'm wearing a t shirt or other pullover. It's not ordinarily visible if I wear an open collar button down or polo shirt. Lately I've taken to wearing it outside my t shirt or pullover shirt.
I see a lot of people wearing religious pendants... crosses and crucifixes, the Star of David, etc. Some are small and tasteful, others are huge and gaudy. I often see younger 'hood and hip-hop homies wearing enormous gold chains and crosses. Ashamedly I think :rolleyes: . I can't know, unless I ask, if it's a fashion statement or a genuine display of devotion.
I'm of two minds about it. I wear the ॐ pendant because it represents something I believe, so why hide it. On the other hand, I don't want to be viewed as someone making a fashion statement or proselytizing. Of course because it is an unusual symbol people are either curious to know what it is or they don't even notice it; there are so many New Age religions with their own symbols, or people even wearing crystals or shark teeth that nothing is really that unusual unless it's an Aztec feather headdress.
When I was in college I worked part time in a jewelry store. A family of three came in. The mother wore an enormous cross on a chain. Her son looked at some item, I think it may have been a zodiac pendant (why and how I remember these things from almost 40 years ago is beyond me). The mother proclaimed loudly (paraphrasing, my memory isn't that good): "Oh no you can't wear that, that is against our religion". One of my thoughts about it was proselytizing, another was arrogant pride and condescension; the owners of the store were not Christian.
What do you think about visibly wearing religious jewelry or icons?