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Cain and Abel

Posted by RRC on March 23, 2008 at 16:49:

In Reply to: The mark of caine posted by rvrtosh on March 23, 2008 at 15:02:

: What does the saying 'the mark of caine' mean?

In the book of Genesis in the Bible, Cain killed his brother Abel. God cursed Cain and set a mark upon him. See Genesis 4:9-13.

Also the source of "Am I my brother's keeper?"

The phrase can mean bearing a burden of guilt, but there are others including use in racial discrimination - e.g. some believe(d) that the Mark of Cain was black skin.