To help him move about, Doddapalliah, a native of India's Karnataka state, must bundle his long hair into a huge and entangled ball on top of his head and tie it with a cloth.
His hair is a hindrance to his movement at his age, but rather than cutting it, he asks for support from those around him to tie it. He and many in his hometown of Molakalmuru in the Chitradurga district regard him as a human deity, and he hasn't cut his hair in nearly a century for fear of losing his status as a human god.
A frail-looking Doddapalliah can be seen squinting in discomfort as a couple of people work to untangle the entangled mess on top of his head for a photoshoot in a short clip posted by Newsflare. His hair also doesn't seem to have been washed in a long time, which would explain the heavy, hard-looking dreadlocks.
Doddapalliah isn't the only male Rapunzel; Sakal Dev Tuddu, an Indian man, hasn't cut his hair in over 40 years, and a Chinese man, reportedly, hasn't cut his hair in 54 years. Savjibhai Rathwa, the "male Rapunzel," wore his 19-meter-long hair in a black rope wrapped around his right arm.
Consider all of these people the next time you're upset about not being a parent.
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