They Scanned This 1,000-Year-Old Statue and Found Something Incredible Inside…
Scientists found the unthinkable a few months ago when they examined a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue from China: it contained a mummified monk who apparently died during meditation.
The mummy was discovered inside of a cavity inside the statue after a private buyer took it to an expert for restoration, according to CNN. It’s not clear when the statue was taken out of China.
A team of researchers and scientists did a CT scan on the statue and found the mummy. They noted that the mummy’s organs had gone missing.
“We thought it would be lung tissue, but instead we found little scraps of paper covered with Chinese characters,” said Vincent van Vilsteren, a curator with Drents Museum, per CNN.
Researchers also found that the mummy was found sitting on a bundle to cloth that was covered in Chinese writing. They found out that the mummy’s name was a Buddhist monk named Liuquan.
But how he turned into a mummy is somewhat of a mystery. He may have went through the practice of self-mummification in Japan, China and Thailand from over 1,000 years ago. And the remains may have deteriorated and may have later been placed inside a statue.
“It was not uncommon for monks to practise self-mummification but to find a mummified monk inside a statue is really extraordinary,” Wilfrid Rosendahl, a German palaeontologist who led the research, told the Telegraph. “It’s the only known example in the world.
“Using a CAT scan, we saw that there was a perfectly preserved body with skin and muscles inside the statue. It’s a complete mummy, not just a skeleton. He was aged between 30 and 50.”
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