A Mummified Monk was Discovered Inside An Ancient Buddha Statue

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Photo Credit: M. Elsevier Stokmans; Boeddhamummie (Drents Museum)

Some things are not what they seem to be as an ancient Buddha statue was revealed recently to contain the mummified remains of a 1,000-year-old Buddhist monk.

The mummy inside was believed to be that of Buddhist master named Liuqua of the Chinese Meditation School. This mummy was an example of self-mummification after years of intense meditation and starvation that Buddhists do to arrive at an enlightened state.

A CT scan and endoscopy was done by a group of experts from the Drent Museum at the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort, Netherlands where they discovered that the mummy was in a sitting lotus position. Before the scan was carried out, researchers have already known that there was a mummy inside the statue but  was shocked to learn that the monk’s organs were missing and replaced with rolls of paper scraps with Chinese characters.

The statue has since been transported to the Hungarian National History of Museum in Budapest and will be on display until May 2015.

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