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Monkey boy enjoys his fame as people worship him because of his long tail

By Mason White 9:23 AM June 24, 2014
The boy’s tail 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) While many people would feel uncomfortable by having a tail coming out of their backs, one boy is getting a lot of attention because of it.

The teen of India, is worshipped as a god, because he has a 7 inch tail.

13-year-old Arshid Ali Khan, has become a divine symbol in the state of Punjab. Locals have hailed him a reincarnation of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman.

However, life in not easy for the teen. He has to use a wheelchair because his health is deteriorating.

If his health keeps getting worse the family might have to consider removing the tail.

Khan wants to keep the tail and said: “This tail has been given to me by god. I am worshipped because I pray to god and the wishes of people come true.”

Khan lives with his grandfather, Iqbal Qureshi, and two uncles, after his father died when he was 4 years old and his mother remarried.

The teen’s home has become a temple where devotees come to visit him to receive his blessings and touch his tail.

“Many people’s wishes have come true after visiting Khan,” Qureshi said. “Sometimes couples without children who come for a blessing, are then able to conceive,” he added.

However, Khan often struggles to balance his time with his faithful devotees, attending school and play with friends.

On weekdays, he has to go to school, but when he has off from school about 20 to 30 people come to see him.
“Nobody makes fun of me. Everybody wants to see my tail,” Khan said.