Once more, tattoos are back in fashion – not the large tribal tattoos covering your shoulders and arms, but smaller elegant Sanskrit tattoo designs. With many Hollywood stars now sporting their own tattoos, even mainstream tattoos accept the subtler tattoo designs. If you want to show your independence and spirituality with a small Sanskrit tattoo or Celtic cross tattoo, it’s now okay. Mothers will no longer try and hide their children away from you.
Sanskrit is an ancient language, dated all the way back to 1500 BC. While modern languages like English can be ambiguous, Sanskrit is very precise. Because it is also used as a religious language, Sanskrit has a very strictly regulated grammar. This makes sense – when you call on the favor of your gods, you really don’t want any room for misinterpretation or misunderstanding. The old fable of King Midas and his golden touch comes to mind.
This very precision makes Sanskrit tattoos ideal for use as in memory tattoo designs. Translate the names of your loved ones into Sanskrit and get them tattooed on your skin.
If you want to celebrate or give thanks for something miraculous which happened in your life, Sanskrit tattoo designs are also ideal. Ditto for prayers and wishes.
Lovers of history and all things ancient will also love tattoo designs in Sanskrit. One of the oldest religious texts in the world, the Rig Veda, is in Sanskrit. One of the first epic poems in Asia, the Ramayana, is also in Sanskrit. This is the inspiration for all subsequent epic poems in both India, South East Asia and South Asia. Two of the longest epic poems in the world, the Mahabharata and Bagavadgita, are both in Sanskrit. In 1786, Sir William Jones, the father of comparative linguistics and Indo-European studies, came to the conclusion that Sanskrit, ancient Greek and Latin shared too many common elements to have developed separately. They must have originated from some even more ancient language.
The common Sanskrit script is called Devanagara. It is horizontal in nature, with many flowing curves and perfect for artistic rendering. This written form can be naturally inked as an armband tattoo or something else more elaborate. Together with Celtic cross tattoos, Sanskrit tattoo designs are a beautiful and elegant decorations for your skin.