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Mon Mar 2, 2015, 12:36 PM

Scan reveals 1,000 year old mummy in golden statue of Buddha


A golden statue of a sitting Buddha, smuggled from a temple in China to a market in the Netherlands, revealed an extraordinary secret -- a 1,000-year-old mummified monk.

Researchers discovered the mummy, encased in a cavity in the statue when a private buyer brought it to the Drents Museum in the Netherlands for restoration.


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.

(Part of the process for "self-mummification" is to drink and eat poisonous things that will stop bugs from eating the body after it is dead. Apparently it didn't work for a lot of people)

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