Footprints: A Pir’s curse

LEGEND has it an elderly pir stopped at a village handpump in Shikarpur district to prepare for prayer. Two5598f57528317[1] pregnant women passing by were mortified to see he had only one finger on each hand and sniggered at him. The pir looked up and said to the women: you are snickering now but when you deliver the babies you are carrying don’t forget to laugh at home too.

That was six generations ago. Till today, children in Mahmood Panhwar village near the town of Rustum, about 15 kilometres from Shikarpur city, are often born with either one or two fingers on each hand and deformed feet as well.

Possible alternative explanation?

People in the village said only the children of women in the lineage are afflicted with the condition. When men have married outside the Panhwar clan, their children have been born normal. Not a single woman from the family has married outside. According to the legend, when villagers sought mercy after the first children were born deformed, the pir deigned that only the children of women from the clan would be born this way while he would spare the kids of Panhwar men.

h/t tom_billesley

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    A Pir is a Sufi holy man or elder.
    So another alternative explanation could be cousin marriage combined with anti-Sufi propaganda.
    Isn’t most of Pakistan Sunni?

    • I could easily be wrong (it happens), but I think that Sufism is primarily Sunni in origin.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Sunni and Shia both persecute them, but they also do some very unislamic things like drink alcohol and other things..
        Most Chechens are Sufis

        • That’s interesting, about the Chechens. I’ll have to look into that.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Sounds like the Pir dude had a more than passing familiarity with genetics/genetic research, which has been going on for decades.

  • ntt1

    this is the outward manifestation of inbreeding but what about the hidden deformities? Pakistani muslims account for over half of the congenital birth defects in Britain

      • Kaye

        The correlation between cousin marriage and reduced IQ “is not a sexy field”? I wonder why that might be. You’d think they’d only be able to keep this kind of thing out of the spotlight for so long, in places like the UK. But who knows? And when they have their Muslim majority the point will be moot anyway.

        • Everybody knows. And they also know they’re not supposed to mention it. People will joke about dumb American hillbillies and the inbred British upper classes, but those are very safe targets.

          I am truly baffled by what’s been done to the UK. There was no need to turns parts of northern England (among other places) into Pakistani enclaves. It makes no sense to me. This stuff is only a few decades old. WWII wasn’t that long ago.

          • Kaye

            “Baffled” is a good word for me as well. We kick around different explanation on blogs like BCF for what’s happening.

            For example, “European/Western guilt for the atrocities of the Holocaust led to many coming to the (erroneous) conclusion that Western culture was evil and needed to be discarded/replaced”. Or “inserting pockets of different cultures into a society breaks that society up, removes natural bonds between people and makes them more controllable and dependent on the State.” Etc.

            None of these explanations is entirely satisfactory to me: I too am baffled.

    • tom_billesley

      From ten years ago …
      …and things have only got worse since then.

  • Waffle

    And the flying fickle finger of fate award goes to:

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Guns don’t kill people.
      Fingers kill people.

      • Waffle

        Itchy trigger fingers.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Why didn’t they invent the binary system then?
          If you can only count to zero or one…