I did a little research on the twinning phenomenon around the world to understand the exact cause and found out that a similar twinning scenario is recorded in Candido Godoi, Brazil, and the researchers have established it as genetic. This Brazilian community believes in consanguinity. They inbreed, and do not marry outside their community, but in Kodinhi, it's a different story and what's interesting is that this isn't exclusive to Kodinhi alone. There are several smaller neighbouring villages, like Cherumukku, Umri that show a similar incidence but in Kodinhi the rate is slight higher.
Interesting the numbers that are given by the villagers of the surviving twins is labelled inaccurate by few researchers. They have reasoned that there might have been cases of twin miscarriages, stillborns where one child would have passed away before being born or in other cases, children who died young and were not remembered. And this is posing as a major hurdle for them
The locals say that people here consume a lot of yam and root vegetables, which can be a reason for high rate of twinning while the local women believes it to be the magic of air and water.
This land has blessed an infertile couple with twins after all, I was reminded suddenly. Whatever the reason is, the fact that Kodinhi has high rate of twinning births in India has re-affirmed my belief that our country- India truly is a wonderland
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