In India, reincarnations of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, have been proliferating like shopping-mall Santas. The latest example: Chandre Orean, 35, from West Bengal, who gives daily blessings to devotees in a small shrine at his home. He and Hanuman are totally like twins:
Why do throngs of Hindus flock to Orean? Because he has cultivated a 14.5-inch tuft of hair that grows, Hanuman-like, from the bottom of his spine. Touching it is thought to bestow good luck (but do avoid fingering the dingleberries).
“My brother’s son has been very well unwell and runs a fever,” says the young woman at 0:50. “We have been giving him medicine but it hasn’t helped, so we came to Chandre to seek his blessings.”
At the end, you can hear the God-man saying he wants to build a temple to receive more followers, pleading, “I am a poor man, so I am looking for some help.”
I’m sure he is.
He’s got competition from this kid:
And this one:
But never mind the science: all the human “monkey gods” in India are nicely equipped to take advantage of wide-eyed believers by turning a fake tail into a fake tale.