Thin Sandar, a chicken seller in Myanmar, had always dreamed of being a man. When she inexplicably(does this happen often in Myanmar?) grew a penis last month, the 21-year-old treated it as an awe-inspiring omen -- as have the thousands of stunned villagers who have traveled to a pagoda to see him.
"On the morning of the full moon day of June 21, I noticed my thing (sex organ) was not the same as before,"(this is a very calm reaction for someone sprouting growths) Thin Sandar, who now goes by the male name Than Sein, told AFP in an interview at his home.
"And my breasts disappeared," Than Sein added. "So I called out and showed it all to my mom and dad."
Medical doctor Aye Sanda Khaing put it in layman's terms in a local journal: "Her penis appeared at the site of her clitoris," the doctor was quoted as saying.
Regardless of the official findings, local villagers and other curious Myanmar nationals are flocking to the Aung Myay Thar Yar pagoda, in this new satellite township 19 kilometers (12 miles) from Yangon, to see Than Sein for themselves and make donations to him or the temple.
"I have never heard of anything like this, so I came to see him," 21-year-old housewife Thandar Win told AFP. "If I was not married, then I too would want to become a man!"
"I was so happy," father Kyaw Htay, 46, said about his son's developments. "I wanted other sons so they could offer themselves as Buddhist monks, but I had only two daughters."
As he waits for the final test results, Than Sein said he firmly believed he had been transformed, and would enter the monkhood for a period of time and seek spiritual contemplation and guidance before deciding whether to marry and raise a family. (interesting, very interesting)
"Whenever I went to the pagoda I prayed to become a man in my next life," he said, referring to the Buddhist concept of rebirth.
"Now I'm happy because my dream won't have to wait until my next life, it's already come true."
You think I made this up. But I did not. Here it is. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/myanmargenderoffbeat