Here, a young monk is tattooed with a sharp rod near a Buddhist temple in Thailand. Tattoos are believed to bestow the monks with ancient Khmer prayers and the spiritually protective power of animal images.
I want a Sak Yant tattoo so badly
Be still, my heart, thou hast known worse than this.
—The Odyssey - Homer (via margraery)
John William Waterhouse, Penelope and the Suitors (1912)