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Friday, April 11, 2008

Hindu Goddess Reincarnated?

A baby born with a condition known as craniofacial duplication is being praised as the reincarnation of the Hindu goddess of valor, Durga.

Craniofacial duplication is a medical condition in which the person has two faces. Baby Lali, from the Indian village of Saini Sunpura (about 25 miles outside of New Delhi), has two complete faces: two noses, two mouths, and four eyes. She can drink from both mouths and all four eyes blink simultaneously. While often linked to serious health problems, Baby Lali appears to be doing fine.

When news of her condition reached surrounding neighbors, they came from miles around to kiss her feet. She has been receiving about 100 visitors a day now. They believe her to be the reincarnation of the Hindu goddess of valor, a fiery demon goddess of many arms and three eyes, associated with feminine and creative energies. The village chief has written the government for funds to erect a temple in her honor.

While it is obvious that the countrymen have misplaced their faith, some have suggested that the chief and others are using the child's disfigurement for financial gain and religious fame for the village. A doctor offered to give the child tests which would observe her internal organs to make sure everything was alright, but the father refused, saying she is a normal child.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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