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A statue of a sitting #Buddha that made its way from a #temple in #China to a market in the #Netherlands revealed an extraordinary #secret -- a 1,000-year-old mummified #monk.
The #mummy was #discovered, encased in a cavity in the statue, when a private buyer brought it to an expert for #restoration. It's unclear when or how the statue was removed from China.
But it wasn't until a team of researchers and #scientists did a CT scan -- a comprehensive three dimensional x-ray image -- did they discover the mummy's organs were missing. "We thought it would be lung tissue, but instead we found little scraps of paper covered with Chinese characters," said Vincent van Vilsteren, an #archaeology curator from Drents Museum.
The mummy was found sitting on a bundle of cloth covered in Chinese inscriptions, revealing its identity as a Buddhist monk called #Liuquan who may have practiced "self-mummification" to prepare for #life after #death.
The process of self-#mummification is a known #tradition in countries like #Japan, China and #Thailand, and was practiced over a thousand years ago.
The elaborate and arduous process includes eating a special diet and drinking a poisonous #tea so the body would be too toxic to be eaten by maggots. The few monks that were able to successfully complete the process were highly revered. "We suspect that for the first 200 years, the mummy was exposed and worshiped in a Buddhist temple in China... only in the 14th century did they do all the work to transform it into a nice statue," said van Vilsteren.
The statue is now housed in the National Museum of Natural History in Budapest and will move to Luxembourg in May as a part of an international tour.
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