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Reincarnated Gods?

Baby Risab

Baby Risab with mom, Januk


Hindu god Ganesh

This is an amazing story out of Nepal from the BBC. Baby Risab, who is seven months old, has a headless “parasitic twin” attached to his abdomen and was born with extra limbs. Now thousands of people are making the pilgrimage to his small village, where some are honoring him as a god, believing him to be the reincarnation of Ganesh, the Hindu elephant God.  Ganesh is often portrayed as having several arms. Risab was born with four arms and four legs.

Not everyone sees Risab as a blessing, however. There have been some people who believe he is a curse, and blame him for the late rain season. One local priest said, “”Farmers cannot do agriculture because of that baby… It is a curse from God because of a past life.” His mother says that her pregnancy was a hard one, and she was in a great deal of pain before his birth. She told reporters that if it hadn’t been for her husband’s presence, neighbors might have killed her for being a witch after giving birth to the child.

His parents, who live in a one-room house in a remote village, have tried to seek medical care for Risab, but doctors have told them they’ll need to monitor him for six months before anything can be attempted. His mother hopes that someday Risab can have a normal life, but his father says it’s unlikely they’ll ever have enough money to get him the operation he will need to remove the extra limbs.

Cases like Risab’s are extremely rare, and occur when twins fail to separate completely from one another.

In 2008, a similar case was found in India, where Baby Lali who was born with craniofacial duplication (basically two faces) was worshipped as the reincarnation of the goddess Durga.

Baby Lali, reincarnation of Durga?

Baby Lali, reincarnation of Durga?

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