This man grew a hairy tail, and now he's worshipped as a god
Because of his long tail, Chandre Oraon is worshipped as the reincarnation of Hanuman, the Hindu Monkey God. However, life is not always easy when you're this unique. For example, how does a guy with a 14.5-inch long tail find a date?
Chandre Oraon lives in West Bengal, India. He was born with a patch of hair on his lower back. Gradually a tail grew. When he was young, his mother tried to chop off the tail, but he got sick. Chandre said his mother told him he almost died. He said, "After that, everyone said I must keep the tail. My family said they felt me getting sick was a sign that my tail was divine." The tail eventually grew to be 14.5 inches long.
With his tail and ability to climb a tree, the locals worship the 35-year old Chandre as the reincarnated Hanuman, the Hindu monkey deity.
Many people travel from afar to visit him for blessings and cures. One of these travelers, Monika Lakda, said, "We believe that Chandre is an incarnation of Hanuman. They say he was born on the Holy Hanuman day. So we have faith in him." She said they came to visit Chandre for her nephew who was sick with a fever, and the baby recovered soon after the visit.
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Despite his revered stature, Chandre did not have an easy life growing up. He said that when he was a young boy, the village kids used to laugh at him and would pull his tail just for fun.
The tail was also what caused over 20 women to reject him. Once he went to visit a women who immediately noticed he had a tail. He said, "She refused to marry me there and then. She said to my face it was because of my tail." He eventually found a wife, but his wife, Maino, admitted that she had not wanted to marry him because of his tail. Maino said her parents died and her brother wanted her to get married, so she had to compromise and married Chandre. The couple now has a five-year old daughter.
Chandre works as a tea picker, and his dream is to build a temple so that he can offer blessings to more people. He said: "I want to build a temple. But I am poor man, so I am looking for some help. I work but then I don't earn much, so I need to find other ways to fund my dream."