Mark of the Mediterranean #sephardic

Nina Tobias

Hello, fellow searchers!

Some of the members of a Sephardic family I know have identical birthmarks. At the very base of the spine, they each have a darker patch of skin shaped like a downward triangle. They call this "the mark of the Mediterranean" and say that it is common among Sephardic Jews. 

Has anyone else ever heard a similar story?

With thanks,
Nina Tobias
Scottsdale, Arizona

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Schelly Talalay Dardashti

This is sometimes called the "Mongolian Spot" and fades rather quickly. It is often found in Mizrahim/Persians and among Sephardim. Lots of info on Google.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
New Mexico

Dan Nussbaum

The Mongolian Spot is found on many dark skinned people. It was first found in people of East Asian origin hence the name. Since Sephardim and Mizrahim tend to be darker skinned it is more common among them.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
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One of my sons had this, and we have no known Sephardi connection. The doctor said it may be a connection to the Crimean Peninsula. We have no known connection there either. It was blueish in color and eventually disappeared.

Ellen Stepak

Tel Aviv, Israel