mutilation (dyeing, tatoo)


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When she’d first arrived, her hair was greenish— that was the sort of mutilation they went in for in Canada, it seemed— but outside our apartment she had to keep her hair covered, so this had not been generally noticed. Then she began pulling hairs out of the back of her neck. She said this helped her think.

The Testaments (sequel to The Handmaid's Tale) by Margaret Atwood

In the novel, hair dyeing and tattoo are considered 'mutilation'.
Does the use of 'mutilation' in this context originate from the Bible?

Thank you.
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    I'm not aware of it - in that it's not something that is commonly associated with Biblical fundamentalism in the real world - but no doubt the dictators of Gilead had a Biblical backing of some kind for condemning them.
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