Hanumanji lives, gets his own India ID card

Great story (posted earlier in a comment on our blog, and now all over the place). From the BBC:

Authorities in India are investigating how Hanuman, the monkey god, has been issued a biometric identity card.

The card photo features the character from the Hindu epic Ramayana wearing gold and pearl jewellery and a crown.

It emerged when a postman attempted to deliver the card, but could not find a Hanuman at the address.

When he looked at the photograph he realised it was probably a prank. It is not clear who the iris scan and fingerprints on the card belong to.

I love the “probably a prank.” But, you know, not for sure.

Authorities are promising to punish whoever issued the card, which may seem unnecessary. Sounds harmless, right? Well, since 2010 apparently, India has been trying to crack down on ID fraud. So this may be a little more of a political statement, or, you know, just a prank.

Or Hanuman moved.

My guess is it isn’t real, though: His birthday is listed as Jan. 1, 1959. We know that’s not right.

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