Why Does The Todas Holy Milkman Have Such Burdensome Restrictions?

They don’t have presidents in India, but there is a group of people called Todas who think the milkman is the greatest hero on earth.

They think he is far more important than a president. In fact, he is the most important man in town. In spite of the honor this man has, he has to do several unusual things.

He cannot cut his fingernails or toenails, nor can he cut his hair. On Mondays and Thursdays, no one can speak to him, and never, no matter what day it is, can anyone touch him.

Doesn’t sound like such a great job, does it?

The origin of the Todas is not clear. They are one of the original tribes from the Nilgiris mountain range and been secluded for a long time.

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