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Baby with tail 'reincarnation of Hindu god' (with picture)
Ananova ^ | 01/11/02 | ananova

Posted on 01/11/2002 6:49:44 AM PST by Arkle

Crowds are flocking to Indian temples to see a Muslim baby with a 'tail' who is believed to be the reincarnation of a Hindu god.

The 11-month-old boy has been named Balaji or Bajrangbali, another name for monkey-faced Lord Hanuman.

He is reported to have a 4in 'tail' caused by genetic mutations during the development of the foetus.

Iqbal Qureshi, the child's maternal grandfather, is taking Balaji from temple to temple where people offer money to see the boy.

Mr Qureshi says the baby has nine spots on his body like Lord Hanuman and showed them to journalists, reports Indian newspaper The Tribune.

There have been other cases of babies born with tails. A report appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1982 by Dr Fred Ledley.

His paper entitled 'Evolution and the Human Tail' concerned a baby born with a 2in growth on its back.


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KEYWORDS: hindu; reincarnation
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1 posted on 01/11/2002 6:49:44 AM PST by Arkle
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To: Arkle
Does it wag when he's happy?
2 posted on 01/11/2002 6:54:36 AM PST by MikeJ
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To: Arkle
Hmm. I think there was an X-files episode with monkey-boy.
3 posted on 01/11/2002 6:55:01 AM PST by techcor
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To: Arkle; 2sheep; Thinkin' Gal ;veronica;dennisw;TrueBeliever9; Prodigal Daughter; Zadokite...
We can see the beginning of a joint religion in this if the Hindus worship a Muslim child..Even the heathens it seems will be part of the one world religion!
4 posted on 01/11/2002 6:55:13 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Arkle
Not much of a "tail", seems to be coming out of a "cheek" not from the base of the spine.....
5 posted on 01/11/2002 6:58:08 AM PST by enraged
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To: Arkle
Yeah....

These "people" are normal.....


Eaker

6 posted on 01/11/2002 6:58:36 AM PST by Eaker
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To: Arkle
Geeeeeez those folks are pretty backwards. Hope the child does get some corrective surgery for Spina bifada
7 posted on 01/11/2002 6:59:02 AM PST by oceanperch
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To: RnMomof7
Is it me or does that 'tail' look like a really long finger? Although seemingly odd, this is not uncommon. It could also be a case of in utero canibalism, meaning that a woman originally conceived twins, yet one 'absorbs' the other, and shows remains from the other fetus. This case is a bit more uncommon...
8 posted on 01/11/2002 6:59:51 AM PST by rintense
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To: RnMomof7
I always thought the last vertabrae in a human spine were left-overs from a tail appendage? Sorta like the appendix? Left-over 'stuff'?

Poor kid.

9 posted on 01/11/2002 6:59:54 AM PST by mommadooo3
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To: RnMomof7
The joint religion will be called "Barnum and Baileyism".
10 posted on 01/11/2002 6:59:58 AM PST by Uncle George
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To: rintense
It looks like a really long something.
11 posted on 01/11/2002 7:00:45 AM PST by Arkle
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To: Eaker
Can you add some baby laughter to your lil guy
12 posted on 01/11/2002 7:00:46 AM PST by oceanperch
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To: Arkle
How sad! The parents let people pay to see this poor little boy? It makes me sick!
13 posted on 01/11/2002 7:00:55 AM PST by cantfindagoodscreenname
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To: rintense
It looks like a finger to me too.The article does not say if it has independent movement or not. That takes shaking your finger at someone to a new level :>)
14 posted on 01/11/2002 7:02:36 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: rintense
No, it's not just you! I thought it looked like a finger as well...

Man, that is one FAT baby!

15 posted on 01/11/2002 7:03:33 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: Uncle George
LOL....Peta may have something to say about that!
16 posted on 01/11/2002 7:03:40 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: rintense
Good one, I have read about this too. Let us hope this child is not caused any disability by leaving it there.
That is a helluva dingleberry.
17 posted on 01/11/2002 7:05:45 AM PST by oceanperch
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To: Arkle; dighton
"recapitulating phylogeny"

From another SOURCE:

"At birth some human babies have a short “tail-like” growth called a “caudal appendage;’ located near the inferior end of the spinal column. While documenting the occurrence of such caudal appendages, Ledley stated the evolutionists’ bold claim about the supposed relationship of the caudal appendage to human origins:

"There is something seemingly unhuman about the presence on a human infant of a ‘tail’ like the tails found on other primates. It is incongruous; it violates our sense of anthropocentricity, and it raises issues that involve not only teratology and embryology but also our view of ourselves and our place in evolution.

To evolutionists the ‘human tail’ was an example of a ‘reversion to a lower species’ and an illustration of the doctrine that ‘ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.

The human tail serves as an example of modern concepts of ontogeny and phylogeny and presents a striking clinical confrontation with the reality of evolution.

Even those who are familiar with the literature that defined our place in nature-from Darwin’s The Descent of Man to Wilson’s On Human Nature-are rarely confronted with the relation between human beings and their primitive ancestors on a daily basis. The caudal appendage brings this reality to the fore and makes it tangible and inescapable. Ledley (1982:1212, 1215)

The brief research portion of Ledley’s paper (1982:1212) concerned the case report of a 7-pound baby that was born with a caudal appendage 2 inches in length. Shortly after it was born the child was transferred to Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston where doctors removed the growth. Ledley related that it was a “. . . well-formed caudal appendage” located near the end of the baby’s spine; “. . . it was covered by skin of normal texture and had a soft fibrous consistency:’ Ledley also noted that there were no vertebrae or even cartilaginous elements in the so-called “caudal appendage:’ Ledley included a helpful review of caudal appendage research. Such cases have been noted throughout history, but very few have been scientifically documented. The rest of Ledley’s paper consisted of a bold defense of macroevolution involving ontogeny and comparative embryology."

18 posted on 01/11/2002 7:09:21 AM PST by Orual
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To: Arkle
wow, how perverse. There is not one sensible, loving, kind, helpful, true response to this unfortunate child's deformity among his people. It's all evil exploitation. The condition of the adults around him is more pathetic than his own.
19 posted on 01/11/2002 7:09:47 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: techcor
Yeah, he kept himself busy making sure that his offspring numbered many.
20 posted on 01/11/2002 7:10:06 AM PST by stanz
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To: Orual
The human tail serves as an example of modern concepts of ontogeny and phylogeny and presents a striking clinical confrontation with the reality of evolution.

Even those who are familiar with the literature that defined our place in nature-from Darwin’s The Descent of Man to Wilson’s On Human Nature-are rarely confronted with the relation between human beings and their primitive ancestors on a daily basis. The caudal appendage brings this reality to the fore and makes it tangible and inescapable. Ledley (1982:1212, 1215)

Thanks for the legwork. This occurs rarely, but the retaining of a caudal appendage (in this case, I'm not sure if it is one judging on the position) is just another throwback to our ancient past.

21 posted on 01/11/2002 7:15:53 AM PST by stanz
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To: Arkle
Mis-transcription of a homeobox-Bump.
22 posted on 01/11/2002 7:16:36 AM PST by DoctorMichael
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To: MikeJ
LOL. OMGosh the first reply is not one anyone can follow on. Hoo boy, thanks
23 posted on 01/11/2002 7:17:46 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: oceanperch
Is that what it is?
24 posted on 01/11/2002 7:18:52 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: stanz
Thanks for the legwork googlework!.

You're very welcome. It's such an interesting case.

25 posted on 01/11/2002 7:19:15 AM PST by Orual
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname;ValerieUSA
It seems a bit sick to us, but you have to remember that the family will be extremely poor. The money they get from letting people see this kid could keep them alive. As for the people paying to see him, many of them sincerely believe that he's the reincarnation of a god. It's not just idle curiosity.
26 posted on 01/11/2002 7:19:54 AM PST by Arkle
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To: Arkle
So that makes the poor kid equal to a cow. The depravity of this false religion is so primitive that these people as a whole will never advance out of their poverty until they find God.
27 posted on 01/11/2002 7:23:49 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
My guess.
28 posted on 01/11/2002 7:24:10 AM PST by oceanperch
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To: Arkle
Guess anything in India with an abnormality is a reincarnation of a Hindu God.....this child must have a reincarnation of his families Hindu God. The Hindu's have millions of God's one for each family. Another religion without any grace to it....if you don't do exactly has the family wishes or become Christian they feel that it will bring calamity upon the family. So sad for this child.
29 posted on 01/11/2002 7:25:10 AM PST by LADYAK
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To: rintense
Is it me or does that 'tail' look like a really long finger? Although seemingly odd, this is not uncommon. It could also be a case of in utero canibalism, meaning that a woman originally conceived twins, yet one 'absorbs' the other, and shows remains from the other fetus. This case is a bit more uncommon.

To think this brilliance resides so close to me here in Michigan. I'm shaking. Really.
30 posted on 01/11/2002 7:27:49 AM PST by Registered
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To: Ron Jeremy
I want your take on this.
31 posted on 01/11/2002 7:28:21 AM PST by Registered
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To: LADYAK
IF the baby had a birthamrk with the shadow of "Mary", what would be the resulting response? Just asking.
32 posted on 01/11/2002 7:28:27 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Registered
LOL
33 posted on 01/11/2002 7:29:03 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Arkle
This will really come in handy if he ever needs to live in a tree.
34 posted on 01/11/2002 7:30:05 AM PST by dead
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To: rintense
It could also be a case of in utero canibalism, meaning that a woman originally conceived twins, yet one 'absorbs' the other, and shows remains from the other fetus. This case is a bit more uncommon...

At what stage in the development would this happen? It would seem to have to be before actual organs began to be developed. In any case, I got the cold spinal chills just looking at the picture.

35 posted on 01/11/2002 7:30:31 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
"I thought it looked like a finger as well..."

That's going to be interesting later if the boy decides to get a manicure.

36 posted on 01/11/2002 7:31:33 AM PST by COB1
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Or Billy Graham?
37 posted on 01/11/2002 7:32:41 AM PST by oceanperch
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To: Orual
"At birth some human babies have a short “tail-like” growth called a “caudal appendage;’
located near the inferior end of the spinal column.


One of my brother's college professors said he knew of such a case when he was in
the US Army. A recruit in his unit, from a very remote section of Appalachia (sp?)
had lived with it for all of his life...the US military doctors fixed him up by
surgical correction.
Weird, but true.
38 posted on 01/11/2002 7:34:39 AM PST by VOA
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To: RnMomof7
I dunno sure looks like a midget to me!
39 posted on 01/11/2002 7:36:00 AM PST by dennisw
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To: Arkle
I am afraid I don't understand how someone could worship a birth defect. But then, there is a lot of things that I just don't understand.
40 posted on 01/11/2002 7:37:15 AM PST by Cold Heat
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To: Arkle
"Too much monkey business for me to be involved in." ~ Chuck Berry
41 posted on 01/11/2002 7:37:57 AM PST by csvset
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To: COB1
Not to mention trying to buy gloves.....
42 posted on 01/11/2002 7:38:09 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: monkey; Wally Cleaver
monkey,

You gotta get a load of this one!

43 posted on 01/11/2002 7:38:48 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: MikeJ
Sad :(

Happy :)


45 posted on 01/11/2002 7:40:37 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Arkle
MONKEY MAN
(M. Jagger/K. Richards)

I'm a fleabit peanut monkey
All my friends are junkies
That's not really true

I'm a cold Italian pizza
I could use a lemon squeezer
What you do?

But I've been bit and I've been tossed around
By every she-rat in this town
Have you, babe?

Well, I am just a monkey man
I'm glad you are a monkey woman too

I was bitten by a boar
I was gouged and I was gored
But I pulled on through

Yes, I'm a sack of broken eggs
I always have an unmade bed
Don't you?

Well, I hope we're not too messianic
Or a trifle too satanic
We love to play the blues

Well I am just a monkey man
I'm glad you are a monkey, monkey woman
Monkey woman too, babe!

I'm a monkey! I'm a monkey!
I'm a monkey manI'm a monkey man!
I'm a monkey! I'm a monkey! I'm a monkey! I'm a monkey!
Monkey! monkey! monkey!.......

46 posted on 01/11/2002 7:42:51 AM PST by dennisw
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
You're doing it! Just wait, our plug is going to be pulled!!
47 posted on 01/11/2002 7:45:50 AM PST by Registered
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To: Arkle
Has the future president of the U.S., BatBoy, commented on the baby with a tail -- like, maybe, BatBoy's future Secretary of State? ;-)
48 posted on 01/11/2002 7:46:50 AM PST by Jay W
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
hahhahhaha
49 posted on 01/11/2002 7:47:35 AM PST by dennisw
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To: jwfiv
check this out
50 posted on 01/11/2002 7:52:48 AM PST by Serb5150
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