Kodinhi- Mysterious Village of Twins

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The village of Kodinhi in Kerala has a secret. Kodinhi is a village in Malappuram district and situated about 35 km south of Calicut and is home for about 2000 families. The village has a Muslim majority and is known for its very high rate of twin births.The village entered the international spotlight when a survey done by locals found an unusually large number of twin births in the region.

The village boasted of 250 sets of twins and two sets of triplets officially,experts estimate there could be as many as 350 sets of twins in the area.

It gets stranger. It is estimated that the number of twins born in the village is increasing every year, and no one really knows why. This is all the more remarkable because twins are especially rare in India—on average, four out of every 1,000 Indian births are twins. In Kodinhi, the number is 45 per 1,000 births. Doctors have absolutely no idea what is causing this strange phenomenon. They assume there must be some unknown hereditary factor at work, or maybe it’s something they eat. Until they find out for sure, the Village of Twins remains one of the strangest curiosities of perhaps the most mysterious country in the world.

Similar phenomenon of a large number of twin births within a small isolated community has been observed in Brazil.

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