One morning in January, 1953, the men of Ranchi, India, woke up to find that their beards and moustaches had unexpectedly vanished…..
The mythical Chardeva was blamed for this unusual event. Apparently the Chardeva was a small rat-like creature which had not been seen for the previous 10 years. Being licked on the head or face by this creature while sleeping is believed to cause baldness.
Being licked by a rat and then having your hair disappear? I wonder if all the hairy-legged women waiting for their wax to heat would prefer to be gently licked in their sleep, and the hair to fall out painlessly, rather than suffering the riiiiiip of waxing? Doubtful.
Interestingly, my searching didn’t give me any other results for the term Chardeva and vanishing beards. Brace yourself people, this may the only reported ‘sighting’ of this creature… At least we are forewarned, time to stock up on the Ratsak guys!
As much as I would like to believe in a depilatory rat I wonder what was really going on here? Did the affected men wake up in a nest of unattached hairs, or had the face fur just vanished?
Sounds a bit like the traditional drunken shaving prank gone wrong in the course of an out of hand bucks night, but on a village-wide scale!
It is not unusual to see similar stories about men in some communities having problems with unexpectedly and drastically reduced ummm…. family jewels…. You might be interested in this link to the Fortean Times if you haven’t heard of this phenomenon before.