The Mark of Cain could refer to the Cain in the Bible or that of the Movie series, Supernatural’s. There is also the filmmaker Alix Lambert’s 2001documentary, The Mark of Cainthatis drawn fromThe Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia. The encyclopaedia’s curious subject is the poetic, fading art form and language of Russian criminal tattoos. The mark of Cain is a direct result of the curse of Cain.
In Genesis 4, in response to Cain’s worry that people will find him and kill him as he wanders the earth to avenge his murder of Abel, God replies: “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And Yahweh put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him” (Genesis 4:15, ESV).
This “mark” is often seen as a mystery, like Paul’s “thorn in the flesh.” It is one those things people will continue to be curious about whether or not it is important that we know exactly what it was.
In his commentary on Genesis, Gordon Wenham says, “The nature of Cain’s sign or mark has been the subject of endless inconclusive speculation.” Since the sign is meant to deter people who might attack Cain, the majority of writers have concluded “that the mark of Cain must be something about him that shows he has divine protection, e.g., a tattoo, special hairstyle, or the like.” Some people have considered that his name may be the sign since it “sounds somewhat like” the Hebrew verb “shall be punished.” That does not seem plausible. The sign/tattoo seems to make sense.It has also been speculated by others that the tattoo was protective whileothers think that the tattoo functioned to repress in other people the desire and the audacity to inflict injury.
There is another belief that suggests that the mark of Cain is a sign in the heavens, that is, an astral sign. Although it is not clear how this would have offered Cain any protection. This is also a less common thought.
WHAT DOES THE MARK MEAN IN JUDAISM?
In Judaism, there are variedpostuations. One of which is that the sign was a dog as an example to muderers. Another thought states that God made a horn grow out of Cain. Furthermore, another is that the mark was one of the Hebrew letters, some think it is one of the letters of the name of God and others think it just one of the twenty-two Hebrew letters of the Torah, with the suggestion of the letter vav.
NOT ONLY JUDAISM – In Christianity
It is believed that the various interpretations of the nature of the “mark” depended the pupose for which it was given to Cain.whether it was believed to be given as a sign of additional time to repent or as Cain being further shamed.
THE CURSE OF CAIN AND SLAVERY
At some point after the start of the slave trade in the United States,the belief that the mark of Cain was a dark skin tone was preached and popularized by many Protestant denominationsalthough there are suggestions that althoughthis belief had existed for some time.
In Syriac Christianity, early exegesis on the “curse” and the “mark”, associated the curse of Cain with black skin, although not in a racial sense. In an Eastern Christian (Armenian) Adam-book (5th or 6th century), it is written: “And the Lord was wroth with Cain. . . He beat Cain’s face with hail, which blackened like coal, and thus he remained with a black face”. Again, this indicated that his face, not his body, had been changed, and that this change had no bearing on any racial or ethnic group..
Doctrinal issues pertaining to slavery and the education of slavesresulted in the split between the Northern and Southern Baptistorganizations. At the time of the split, the Southern Baptist group used the curse of Cain as a justification for slavery. Before 1995, some Baptist ministers in the Southern United States taught the belief that there was a separate heaven for blacks, and a different one for whites. In 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention apologized for its past defence of slavery therefore officially denouncing racism.
Until the 1960s in both the United States and Europe, the curse of Cain was used to support a ban on ordaining blacks to most Protestant clergies. Certain Catholic dioceses in the Southern United States adopted a policy of not ordaining blacks to oversee, administer the sacraments to, or accept confessions from white parishioners and justified it the widely held perception that slaves should not rule over their masters. The policy had nothing to do with the “curse of Cain” teaching.
IN THE SUPERNATURALS
The Mark of Cain, or simply The Mark for short, was the seal created in order to lock away The Darkness which was could be transferred and was also finally destroyed to unknowingly release The Darkness upon the Earth.
Because of its origin, dating back to before God’s creation of the Universe, the Mark of Cain has often been referred to as the first curse.