Mummified remains of monk found inside 1,000-year-old Buddha statue

Absolutely fascinating! To think this monk has been immortalized for so long without being disturbed.

How would you want to be immortalized after death? Do you imagine a tombstone? An entire tomb? An urn? A statue?



When you think of mummies your mind probably goes straight to Egypt and Halloween. But not all mummies are pyramid-dwelling, bandaged pharaohs. Asia has had its fair share of mummies over the millennia as well, but instead of pharaohs they were Taoist and Buddhist monks, and instead of being mummified post-mortem, they mummified themselves before dying.

Recently, researchers in the Netherlands have discovered the mummified remains of a Buddhist monk who is thought to be Liuquan, a master of the Chinese Meditation School, within a bronze Buddha statue! Keep in mind, this guy lived around 1100 AD!

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