An Indonesian teenager suffering from a rare condition known as ‘Werewolf Syndrome’ has rejected medical treatment and says villagers revere him as a Hindu God.
Muhammad Raihan, 13, is covered in hair up to three inches long across all parts of his body, including his face and back.
But the student, who also faces name-calling from some peers who liken him to Hindu monkey god Hanuman, claims it is a blessing from God.
Muhammad Raihan, 13, suffers from a condition known as ‘Werewolf Syndrome’ which sees him covered with an unusual amount of hair
The devout Muslim from Indonesia claims his appearance is a blessing from God and refuses to be medicated
He says some in the village laugh at him, but many others consider him a god and ask to be given a blessing
The devout Muslim, who lives with his widowed mum and four siblings in Mamburung village in North Kalimantan, said: ‘I am not bothered with such attention – some people laugh at me, others just come to me for a blessing.
‘Sometime people would flock to my house from far-off villages to just have a glimpse of me. They think I am a god or have special powers, but this attention is okay because I know I look different.’