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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments


Sup Travellers?! While on exhibit at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands, a 1000-year-old Chinese statue of Buddha was examined thoroughly and after a CT-scan and an endoscopy it was discovered that encased within the ancient statue was in fact the mummified body of a monk. These remains are believed to belong to a Buddhist master at the Chinese Meditation School, named Liuquan, according to CNET. Liuquan is believed to have died around 1100 AD.

Further examination showed that in place of his vital organs were scraps of paper with "ancient Chinese characters" on them, added the CNET story. While the mummy is believed to be the first of his kind, the process of Buddhist monks mummifying themselves is not unheard of. Sokushinbutsu is a practice observed by Shingon Buddhists in Northern Japan.

Sokushinbutsu is described as "observing austerity to the point of death and mummification" according to Japan Reference. However, this process differs from Liuquan's in that Liuquan is the first of his kind believed to have been encased inside of a statue. 

I'm amazed that this discovery was only made a couple days ago. You would think that the knowledge of Liuquan and his self mummification would have been passed on along the generations. It's either Liuquan and his team went out of their way to keep it a secret or no one really cared about where his body was. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.