Feb 16, 2010, 10:50pm #45
The mark you are talking about is probably the "Mongol stain" that normally appears on a Tatar baby's buttocks right at the time of birth. It normally disappears completely when the baby matures.
It is also common among the Koreans and Japanese.
A Mongolian blue spot is a benign flat congenital birthmark with wavy borders and irregular shape, most common among East Asians and Turks, and named after Mongolians. Authentic Mongolian blue spots do not disappear before puberty, and last well into adulthood. The most common color is blue, although they can be blue-gray, blue-black or even deep brown.
The Mongolian spot is a congenital developmental condition exclusively involving the skin. The blue colour is caused by melanocytes, melanin-containing cells, that are deep under the skin.Usually, as multiple spots or one large patch, it covers one or more of the lumbosacral area (lower back), the buttocks, flanks, and shoulders.It results from the entrapment of melanocytes in the dermis during their migration from the neural crest to the epidermis during embryonic development.
Among those who are not aware of the background of the Mongolian spots, it may sometimes be mistaken for a bruise indicative of child abuse.
I had one, too, till I reached teenage.
I am very proud of our heritage.
If you are a tatar, your heritage covers from Lithuania, Poland, Mongolia, Manchuria to Korea. All through the Eurasian continent. That's pretty wide, isn't it?