Why is following the rules on the protocol sheet important? The protocols that have been sent to you are meant to help prepare your body, and mind for the ceremony. They also include aftercare steps in order to ensure that your skin markings heal properly. Are there any cultural protocols or taboos to follow before getting a batok? After? - Before the ceremony:
Please make sure to make amends with your family.
It is taboo to get skin markings when you are on your moon or menstrual cycle [+/- 3-4 days before and after].
Your body is healing and sensitive. It wouldn’t be wise to tattoo your body, as it may become extremely painful.
When you are on your moon, your body retains water. This makes the skin difficult to tattoo because it is spongy.
It is believed that when a woman is on her moon, she is in her highest power. This power shouldn’t be disrupted at all.
Please make sure to be clear in your intentions for receiving ancestral skin markings.
- After the ceremony:
Please make sure to take care of your food offerings and the gloves and wipes that carry your blood. All instructions are on the protocols that are sent to you.