CT Scans Reveal Preserved Body Inside Ancient Buddhist Statue
The Meander Medical Center in the Netherlands ran a 1,000-year-old Ancient Buddhist statue through a CT scanner and affirmed that the statue holds the mummified remains of a man, while also finding some interesting insights into the mummification process.
The statue that appears to be of Buddha, in fact lacks most of the distinctive features that artists use to identify Gautama Buddha. Researchers think the body within is that of Buddhist master Liuquan, a practitioner of the Chinese Meditation School who lived around 1100 AD.
In addition to use of the scanner, the hospital had gastrointestinal specialist Dr. Raynald Vermeijden take samples of material from the thoracic and abdominal cavities. In places where organs once were, the team discovered bits of paper printed with yet to be decoded ancient Chinese characters. There’s no clarity about the role the paper played in the mummification process.
Before being studied the statue was displayed at the Drents Museum as part of an exhibition of mummies uncovering the similarities and differences in mummification processes from around the world. Now it’s being exhibited at the Hungarian Natural History Museum. This as a matter of fact is the only Ancient Buddhist statue available for scientific research in the West, the Center claims.
According to a speculation Liuquan engaged in the practice of self-mummification, a horrific process where monks from certain traditions prepare themselves to not decay after death through a combination of diet and consumption of poisonous herbs and embalming fluid. But this thing hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Source :- Neatorama