While having a deformed or extra body part is a result of birth defects or genetic mutation. However, kids with such issues are either considered to be a form of a God or devil. Just like this six-year-old boy who is born with a "tail" is being worshipped as Lord Hanuman also known as Hanuman Ji, the monkey god of India. However, his case doesn't seem like to have been caused by a genetic mutation but in fact, an accumulated growth of hair at one place. Known as Shivam Kumar, this six-year-old boy has been forced to hide away by his parents. It is because he has been receiving a lot of attention because his neighbours believe he is divine or some incarnation of Lord Hanuman.
What seems to be merely an unusual growth of hairs on his back, people think it to be an on-growing tail and give him offerings such as chocolates and snacks. "Devotees" come together to see him and bring in flowers to offer him. Born in Delhi, India, the boy's accumulated hair growth at the back just above his hips is shocked doctors and Shivam's parents. His mother Reena, 30, refuses to shave it off because "it would bring a bad omen for our family".
Since he is being thought to be the incarnation of the powerful Lord Hanuman, they think that shaving the hair would bring bad luck. For almost a full year, "devotees" visited the boy before the family's local guru asked them to stop letting people carry on with worshipping him as a God who said that it would affect "his psyche in later life", Mirror reports.
His mother said to Mirror.co.UK: "Everyone loves him so much in my neighbourhood. Initially, it caused a problem for us as people would visit our house every other day which would hinder our daily lives. Our guru suggested asking people to stop this madness and let them live their life, so we followed his instructions and the people now have lessened approaching us although it has not stopped completely."