If you were born with the unique birthmark known as a Mongolian spot, you might count yourself as blessed. This distinctive spot is believed to mark you out as one who is chosen by the fates for great things.
In this post, we will explain the birthmark’s spiritual meaning attributed to the Mongolian spot and explore the beliefs surrounding this blue-green birthmark in different cultures.
What is a Mongolian Spot?
The Mongolian spot is a type of birthmark. The color of the mark can be described as bluish, greenish, or grayish (or something in between).
You may be born with a Mongolian spot, or the spot can show up right after you are born.
The most common locations for Mongolian spots include the buttocks, near the base of the spine, the back, and the shoulders. But they can occur elsewhere on the body as well.
The Mongolian spot is harmless physically and fortuitous spiritually.
How Common is the Mongolian Spot Birthmark?
Mongolian spots are actually very common. But how common they are depends on your ethnicity.
According to WebMD, somewhere between 90% and 100% of people with African or Asian ethnicities are born with Mongolian spots. So, if that is your ancestry, you very likely have or had a blue or green birthmark.
If you are Latinx, your odds of having a Mongolian spot are about 50/50.
But only about 10% of white people have Mongolian spots. So, if you are part of that population and you have one of these birthmarks, it is not nearly as common.
What Do Different Cultures Believe About the Mongolian Spot?
Not surprisingly, the blue birthmark’s meaning varies from one culture to another. Let’s take a look at what different cultures believe about the spiritual meaning of the Mongolian spot.
○ Blue Birthmark Meaning in Mongolia
Naturally, you are probably especially curious about what the Mongolian spot means to people who are actually from Mongolia.
The name for the Mongolian spot in Mongolia is “Хөх толбо.” The traditional belief surrounding this spot of bluish pigmentation in Mongolia is that it signifies good health.
People with Mongolian spots are thought to be hardy and vivacious, capable of taking whatever challenges the world throws at them.
○ Mongolian Spot Meaning in the Far East
There are a number of Mongolian birthmark myths in the Far East. In Korea, it is believed that the goddess Samsin Halmoni slaps babies on their bottoms to try and help them emerge from the womb. This supernatural slap leaves a mark.
In China, the name for the Mongolian spot is “Qīng Hén,” which translates to “blue mark.” The myth in China is similar; only it is the goddess Songzi Guanyin who slaps the baby or kicks it (again to help speed up the labour process) and leaves the mark.
○ Green Birthmark Meaning in India
The Mongolian spot is thought to be a sign of good fortune for people in India. If a baby is born with a blue or green birthmark in Indian culture, their parents will rejoice at this auspicious omen.
As the child grows up, traditional beliefs suggest that he or she will attract opportunities and build prosperity, financial and otherwise.
○ Mongolian Spot Meaning in Africa
In many cultures, the Mongolian birthmark is a favorable sign, but this belief can go a step further in African countries. On this continent, the mark does not just point toward prosperity but also nobility.
A person with this birthmark can also have an epic destiny awaiting them. Perhaps they will become a great leader, unifying others, or maybe a healer blessed with supernatural abilities.
○ Blue Birthmark Meaning in the Americas
For members of indigenous tribes in the Americas, the Mongolian spot is thought to be a message from the spiritual world.
Specifically, the belief is that the mark has been left by an ancestor who has chosen to protect and guide the bearer of the mark.
That means that in Native American culture, it is very lucky indeed to have a Mongolian spot. With that extra spiritual protection, the person who has the mark can feel emboldened to tackle challenges that others might run away from.
Mongolian Spot Spiritual Meaning: Deeper Understanding
Now that we have gone over some of the cultural meanings surrounding the green birthmark spot, we can go over some general spiritual meanings of the Mongolian spot.
1. Destiny awaits you
It is no longer only people in Africa who believe that people with this mark are on the road to greatness. This is now a belief that many share around the world.
If you have the blue birthmark, take this as a sign that you have been blessed with magical powers or a singular role in history. You are not common, and your life story will not be either.
People with Mongolian spots can become movers and shakers, reshaping the world and impacting the destinies of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people.
Just remember that with great destiny comes mighty responsibility. Strive to become the best version of yourself possible so that when destiny calls, you are ready to answer.
2. You are lucky
If you are marked with a Mongolian spot, you may discover that the wind tends to blow in the direction you want to sail. “Random” events do not seem so random to you.
Wherever you go, synchronicities tend to spring up in your path, blessing you and others around you with good fortune.
3. You are unique
In cultures where the Mongolian spot is common, it may not be seen as a mark of uniqueness, but in those where it is less widespread, it may mark a child as particularly distinctive.
If you have this mark and others in your culture, generally do not celebrate this difference that sets you apart. Let it draw attention to the other ways in which you are special.
4. You have the potential for spiritual abilities
People with a Mongolian spot are said to possess capabilities that others do not. They may be able to form psychic links to others, look into possible futures, or commune with the spirit world.
You could be on the verge of a great adventure into the spiritual realm. So, get out there and explore.
5. Untapped talents await your discovery
Along with the types of spiritual abilities mentioned above, having a Mongolian spot on your body could be seen as a sign that you have other more earthly types of talents as well.
Perhaps you have a gift for business that is still undiscovered, or you are especially empathetic and do not know it. Maybe you could become a magnificent painter or musician.
The only way to find out what your special latent talents are is to start exploring them. That brings us to the next point on our list.
6. Great things await you outside your comfort zone
No matter who you are, having a Mongolian spot is a sign of a special purpose in life. It is telling you that you can achieve great things–but only if you are willing to take the sometimes scary steps required to discover your true destiny.
Try new things often, especially things that maybe make you nervous. Lean into fear and uncertainty instead of hiding from them. Remember, you have guidance and protection and are blessed with good luck.
Those who never take chances never find out where that luck and guidance will take them. So, take some calculated risks, and do things sometimes that might feel out of character. Who you are might be vaster and more extraordinary than you would ever guess.
7. You are emotionally centered
Finally, having a blue-grey birthmark tends to come with great emotional stability. This is fantastic news since embracing your destiny may require a lot of courage.
But as one who is naturally grounded, level and calm, you may find it easier than others to walk a path of uncertainty and shoulder the responsibilities of leadership.
Frequently Asked Questions
To wrap up our post about the good omen that is the Mongolian birthmark, let’s answer a few common questions people have about this special mark.
Q: Is a Mongolian birthmark rare?
A: More people are born with a Mongolian birthmark in some ethnic groups than others. You don’t need to worry, however, no matter your ethnicity.
There is nothing wrong with having a blue or green birthmark. It is a sign of good luck.
Q: Who is more likely to have green or blue birthmarks?
A: Mongolian spots are almost ubiquitous among African and Asian people but are not as common among white people.
It is also worth noting that babies and toddlers are more likely to have Mongolian spots than older people. These spots often fade by the time a child is three years old. But sometimes, adults have Mongolian spots.
Q: Are Mongolian spots genetic?
A: Yes, the Mongolian spot is genetic. The skin contains cells that produce melanin pigment that are called melanocytes.
Sometimes, these cells can get trapped during development. This results in the formation of a Mongolian spot.