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*blink* Licked? [May. 8th, 2006|11:05 am]
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Superstition offers us a number of explanations for the appearance of birthmarks in the newborn, usually blaming them on some shock or evil influence to which the mother has been exposed during pregnancy. ( Though this is now discredited). In some cultures birthmarks are considered lucky, the mark of God, while in others they are attributed to the influence of the Devil and expectant mothers are advised to sprinkle themselves with black pepper to ensure their baby is not disfigured in this way. It is believed in some quarters that birthmarks will vanish if licked regularly by the mother in the baby’s early weeks ( A contention that is, extraordinarily enough, backed by science in certain limited circumstances.) In the USA, babies who are born with a “double” birthmark on the head are expected to travel widely and divide their lives between two continents.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-08 12:10 pm (UTC)
I really don't know! I just got this from this cool superstition encyclopedia that I got at a thrift store. I need to go to work right after I finish checking these emails, but I'll try and remember to google search it when I get home. In the meantime, anyone else up to looking into it? :)

I noticed googleismygood deleted their lj, at least temporarily... :( So... I don't think they'll be able to help, alas.
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2006-05-08 12:43 pm (UTC)
I always forget you can just ask Google anything you want. Duh ;) Below is what the first hit said, and all the other hits agreed...nobody really knows what causes them.

"The cause of most birthmarks is unknown. Most birthmarks are not inherited. Many folk tales and myths exist about the causes of birthmarks, but none of these stories have been proven to explain the true causes of birthmarks. Most vascular birthmarks are not due to difficulties or problems that happen to the mother during pregnancy, nor are they inherited. Research is presently underway to identify the exact etiology of vascular birthmarks. Teams of medical s pecialists, including plastic surgeons, hematologists, dermatologists and radiologists are cooperating in efforts to better understand and treat all types of vascular birthmarks."
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-08 12:49 pm (UTC)
Well that makes sense. *nod*

I'm gonna be so late. Bye! See everybody tonight. ;)
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