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Mummy found inside bronze Buddha statue

By T.K. Randall
February 23, 2015 · Comment icon 15 comments

It is extremely unusual to find a mummy preserved inside a statue. Image Credit: CC BY 1.0 Daderot
A bronze statue dating back up to 1,000 years has been found to contain the remains of a Buddhist monk.
While it might not appear particularly remarkable on the outside, the statue, which is coated in bronze, actually houses the mummified remains of a monk sitting in the lotus position.

To learn more about this unique discovery, researchers at the Meander Medical Centre in the Netherlands recently conducted a series of tests on the statue using a CT scanner to peer beneath its outer layers and examine the remains inside.
Their findings revealed that the mummy's internal organs had been removed and that rolled up scraps of paper containing ancient Chinese characters had been placed inside.

The statue, which will be on display at the Natural History Museum in Hungary until May 2015, is believed to contain the remains of Buddhist master Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School.

It has been speculated that Liuquan practiced the now-banned practice of self-mummification which would have involved him slowly starving himself to death over an extended period of time.

Source: Toronto Sun | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by Mikolaj 9 years ago
We have a separate thread about that - http://www.unexplain...howtopic=277553 Didnt know. Cool. Great find.
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
Outstanding! I would have never thought to CT a statute for possible contents.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mikolaj 9 years ago
looking at the last picture in the article, i bet that monk didnt thought he would get anally probed one day
Comment icon #9 Posted by OverSword 9 years ago
better pictures here
Comment icon #10 Posted by third_eye 9 years ago
THat's top notch metal smith at work right there ...
Comment icon #11 Posted by ancient astronaut 9 years ago
Hindi sarcophagi(I know it's not stone, but anyway).
Comment icon #12 Posted by Red Moon 9 years ago
Spooky really.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Ashyne 9 years ago
He self-mummified, so it means he sat there like that until he died?
Comment icon #14 Posted by moon tide 9 years ago
1000 years old. Remarkable. It's often believed in Buddhism that some of these mummies aren't actually dead but are instead in an advanced state of meditation. I can almost believe it.
Comment icon #15 Posted by third_eye 9 years ago
Monday March 23, 2015 1:27:00 PM China eyes return of ‘stolen’ mummy: Reports BEIJING, March 23, 2015 (AFP) - A Chinese province is seeking the return of a 1,000-year-old mummified monk that experts say was stolen two decades ago and resurfaced at an exhibition in Hungary. A Buddha statue containing a monk’s remains has been on display at the Mummy World Exhibition at Budapest’s Hungarian Natural History Museum, which brings together 28 preserved corpses from different cultures around the world. A spokesman for the Fujian Cultural Relic Bureau told China’s official Xinhua news agency... [More]


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