Myths About Birthmarks

Posted October 25, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 3 min read

There are various misconceptions or myths related to birthmarks. Few of which are mentioned in this blog which can help many people to understand the truth or the fact behind these misconceptions.

Myth : They Could Be Fatal Wounds From A Past Life


  • One of Dr. Stevenson’s theories is that the placement of a birthmark indicates where one was fatally wounded in a past life.

  • For example, a knife, dagger, or sword-shaped mark could indicate a stabbing that ended your life.

  • Researcher Dr. Ian Stevenson actually wrote an entire book on the subject of current birthmarks representing some sort of past-life fate, and he documented real subjects whom he believed to be examples of this phenomenon.

  • In his book, Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect, Dr. Stephenson discusses 65 out of 2,600 past-life cases where many stories include birthmarks that have past-life stories to back them up.

  • For example, Stevenson studied a Turkish boy whose face was congenitally underdeveloped on the right side said he remembered the life of a man who died from a shotgun blast at point-blank range, according to Scientific American.

  • Additionally, Stevenson studied a Burmese girl born without her lower right leg had talked about the life of a girl run over by a train.

Myth : A Birthmark Could Reveal A Past-Life Identity


  • The same birthmark that someone interprets as a sign of a past-life death could also be interpreted as a past-life occupation.

  • According to Dr. Stevenson’s research, About 35% of children who claim to remember previous lives have birthmarks and/or birth defects that they (or adult informants) attribute to wounds on a person whose life the child remembers.

  • For example, a sword or dagger-shaped birthmark could also be used to identify someone who was a warrior or soldier in a past life.

  • Birthmarks shaped like a specific object, like a typewriter, a spotlight, or farm animal, could be a clue as to what your trade might have been.

Myth : Birthmarks Are Lucky Omens


  • Some believe that birthmarks can also influence your present and future.

  • For example, birthmarks shaped like a rabbit’s foot or a four-leaf clover are believed by some to be signs of a life favored by luck.

  • In Turkey in 2017, a baby was born with a heart-shaped birthmark on his forehead, and the doctors and nurses called him the love baby, according to the Daily Mail.

  • Other signs of lucky birthmarks include a horseshoe or angel’s wings, and folklore claims these are signs you have a built-in protective shield from potentially harming influences overtaking your life.

Myth : Birthmarks Can Designate Royal Status


  • Birthmarks were also once thought to be associated with royal birth and some have definitely taken advantage of this theory.

  • For example, some common people who disguised themselves as royalty, aka pretenders to the Russian throne, took power in the 17th through 19th centuries by using birthmarks as proof of their royal blood.

  • People at that time believed that royals were born with markings on their skin that indicated royal status, according to British historian Maureen Pierre, who wrote a book on the subject called Pretenders and popular monarchism in early modern Russia.

  • The belief in this theory was so strong that these pretenders were actually able to take over the Russian throne in 1605.

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