Ganga and Jamuna Mondal
Ayara and Jayara Ratun
1969 or 1970
|Known for||Being conjoined twins|
|Salary||£26 per night|
Ganga and Jamuna Mondal (born Ayara and Jayara Ratun, 1969 or 1970), known professionally as The Spider Girls and The Spider Sisters, are conjoined twins from a Bengali family in Basirhat, West Bengal, India.
They work at the travelling "Dreamland Circus" in India. Their "act" consists of them sitting on a charpoy in a tent, with paying spectators allowed entry to view and converse with them. In 2009, they were reported to have earned GBP26 for five hours a night. They are married to a single man named Gadadhar, a carnival worker.
The twins are joined at the abdomen and pelvis, have four arms, and three legs, two of which are fused into a single, nine-toed limb, which remains concealed behind their body. They share a stomach, but have two hearts, two kidneys, one liver, and one reproductive tract.
The twins have been examined by doctors to determine whether or not they can be separated. However, they have no plans to do so because they feel it would be against God's will, carry too great a medical risk, and would rob them of their employment. They have stated "We are happy as we are. The family will starve if we are separated."
Although they both have separate ration cards, they share the same plate at meals. They each vote separately in elections, but when attempting to open a joint bank account, were refused.
In the media
- "Human Spider Sisters", My Shocking Story, a documentary series
- "An Idiot Abroad": Season 3, Episodes 2 & 3
- "Spider Sisters | The Morningstarr*". 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
- "Twinstuff Conjoined Twins Timeline, 1950-1969". Twinstuff.com. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
- "Circus twins refuse to be parted | World | Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express". Express.co.uk. 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
- Elizabeth J. Anderson. "'+windowtitle+'". Phreeque.com. Retrieved 2012-12-20.