A 35-year-old tea picker in Alipurduar, India, is getting tailed by followers every day -- mainly because the 14.5-inch tail growing out of his back makes them think he's a living god.
Chandre Oraon has had his tail since birth and some Hindus believe it's a sign he's an incarnation of a monkey god known as "Hanuman," Barcroft TV reported.
It isn't just the tail that makes believers think he's a monkey god. Oraon's job picking tea leaves requires him to climb up trees just like a monkey.
Worshippers from all over India travel to his home in hopes of touching his tail and getting blessings.
One woman, Monika Lakda, said she travelled overnight to see Oraon at his small makeshift shrine, hoping he would be able to cure her nephew's fever.
"We gave him medicine but it did not work. So we came to Chandre to seek his blessings. The baby recovered soon after that," she said, according to the Daily Mail. "We believe that Chandre is an incarnation of Hanuman. They say he was born on the Holy Hanuman day. So we have faith in him."
Not all people believe Oraon's tail is a sign he's a god.
Bhushan Chakraborty, the local medical officer, told the Indian Express that despite Oraon's outward appearance, he's no monkey god.
"He climbs up trees, behaves like a monkey and is a strict vegetarian, but he is no god and his condition is just a congenital defect," Chakraborty said.
Oraon's condition is actually a form of spina bifida, when the spinal column does not close all the way down.