The Coptics are a branch of the Christian religion centered in Egypt. Whilst Christianity per se is not against tattooing, they do not actively encourage it. Not so with the Coptic Church: Tattoos were a part of their religious life with different tattoos showing which pilgrimage the wearer had made. In some cases a Priest was the only person allowed to place that particular tattoo (for example the journey to the "Holy Land"). This also was believed to ensure a Christian burial.