Scientists shocked to find 1000-year-old mummy inside ancient Chinese Buddha statue

Instead of organs, the Dutch research team found small artifacts stuffed inside the mummy, including scraps of paper with Chinese characters.


NSFW    A CT-scan of an ancient Buddha statue has led to the unique discovery of a mummified Chinese monk, dating back to the 11th century and preserved in the same position as its exterior statue.

The Buddha statue, which was on display at the Drents Museum in Assen Netherlands, was analyzed at the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort.

A team of scientists and doctors tested the statue using CT-scan imaging and an endoscope. Amsterdam resident Erik Bruijn headed the project, according to the NL Times online.

The mummified body has been identified as Master Liuquan, a Buddhist monk who likely practiced Sokushinbutsu, or self-mummification. Radiologist Ben Heggelman took bone samples to confirm the mummy’s identification with DNA testing.

The statue, which is currently visiting Hungary, will be on display in Budapest until May 2015.
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