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Kwai Chang Caine - On the western adventure KUNG FU/ABC/1972-75 David Carradine played Kwai Chang Caine, an orphaned boy (of a Chinese mother and Caucasian father) who was adopted into the Shaolin temple in the Hunan Province of China.

David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine - KUNG FU

When Caine graduated from the monastery, he, like the other monks, had to brand his forearms to show he was a Shaolin Master.

Kwai Chang Caine dragon brand mark - KUNG FU Tiger & Dragon Yin/Yang Symbol - KUNG FU Kwai Chang Caine tiger brand mark - KUNG FU
Kwai Chang Caine raises his arms for brand marks - KUNG FU Kwai Chang Caine prepares to grip his arms around hot cauldron - KUNG FU Kwai Chang Caine feels the pain of the hot cauldron as he receives his brand marks - KUNG FU
Kwai Chang Caine puts his arms against hot cauldron

The branding procedure was simple but quite painful. Each monk positioned their forearms alongside a ceremonial urn filled with red hot coals. As they gripped and lifted the urn, the images of a Tiger and Dragon protruding from the urn permanently burned into their skin.

Scriptwriter Herman Miller penned this description of the brands "for seared into his flesh are the signs that must inevitably identify him before the world; on his left forearm, the sign of the Tiger; on his right, the sign of the Dragon. The Marks of Caine."



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