[Syndactily lace, a dingy face, really make, a dooga's world go round!]
[You know, it's one thing to have these boscoes entertaining us from the subcontinent; it's another thing when i have to walk around them playing pickup cricket on the quad of the local college (true story)]
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Saturday, November 01, 2008 5:22 PM IST
Family ties deformity to snake curse
The fingers of a girl that resemble a snake/P JUSTINE.
First Published : 31 Oct 2008 02:48:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 31 Oct 2008 08:45:05 AM IST
TIRUNELVELI: A family reels under the curse of a snake that was killed by an ancestor 300 years ago. Almost every member of the family has some sort of defect that the family says is due to the curse of the snake.
It might be hard to believe such stories in the 21st century, where computer astrology and Bluetooth connectivity is the sign of times.
A family in Tirunelveli district believes that a snake that was mistakenly killed by an elder in their family three centuries ago is settling its score generation after generation by giving some sort of genetic disfiguration to the family members.
The affected family says that their ancestors used to live at Prancheri near Gangaikondan in Tirunelveli district. Once a grandmother in the family, while collecting grains to cook, accidentally picked a snake and put it for cooking into a pot.
After the rice was cooked, the entire family assembled to have their lunch.
While serving rice the members noticed the cooked reptile. The family disposed of the entire rice little knowing that they had earned a curse on their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The reason for the family to believe that the snake is taking its revenge is that many members in the family have digits on the hand that resemble a snake.
The fingers are either twisted or webbed resembling a snake.
When contacted, Dr Rajendra Rathnam of Tirunelveli Medical College said that the webbing or connecting of digits was a congenital deformity.
It is termed as Syndactyly, in which there is partial or total webbing of two or more digits or toes. People usually attribute such things to some unbelievable story”.