Nepali Man Hopes for Guinness World Record

Since 1954 the Guinness World Records has been documenting a host of interesting facts about people from all around the globe, and has come to be viewed as an authority on who sets the world record in some really bizarre categories. Some are recorded for achievements of skill, while others for physical attributes that they may have been born with or cultivated. It was recently confirmed by Guinness World Records officials that they would be traveling to a remote village in the southwestern Dang-Deukhuri District of the Rapti Zone, some 280 kilometers west of Kathmandu, to confirm and document the details of 72-year-old Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who claims to be the shortest adult man in the world, and in recorded history.

Claiming to weigh just 12 kilograms, or 26 pounds, and standing at a height of 56 centimeters, or 22 inches, if his measurements are confirmed, he will replace 59.93 cm tall Junrey Balawing from the Philippines as the world’s smallest living man. He would also be the shortest human adult ever to be documented -a record held by Gul Mohammed of India who stood at a height of 57 centimeters before he died at the age of 40 in 1997.

Recently at a religious festival in the town of Surunga, on the banks of the revered Kankai River, Dangi expressed his hope that he will be famous all over the world and said that he would like to visit foreign countries and meet other people. With five average sized brothers, it’s a mystery as to why his growth was stunted. He was orphaned at the age of 12 and tells of how relatives would parade him at festivals, collecting cash for showing him off as a living toy, but not sharing their takings with him. Today, Dangi makes a living weaving from jute a traditional band for carrying heavy weights, called a naamlo.

Chandra Bahadur Dangi was discovered by researchers who were documenting the history of the Dangi people. Led by Mohan Dangi, the researchers tell of how they walked for several hours to the remote village of Purandhara, where Chandra lives with his nephew and family. They realized that he may very well be the world’s shortest man and set the wheels in motion to verify this with the Guinness World Records. If this is the case, Chandra Bahadur Dangi will be the second Nepali to hold the title, as Khagendra Thapa Magar held the record for the year of 2010 after being measured at 67 centimeters. For that time he was the official face of Nepal’s tourism campaign promoting the smallest man in the country with the tallest mountain – Mount Everest – and he got to travel to thirty-two countries. Dangi is hoping for similar good fortune, and no doubt, his fellow Nepalis wish him well in his endeavors.