Modern science has revealed a human skeleton inside a Chinese artefact that is around 1,000 years old.
Using a CT scanner and a special endoscope, a team of Dutch scientists studied a Buddha statue that dates back to between A.D. 1050 and 1150, describing it as their “oldest patient ever.”
They confirmed that there’s a mummified monk inside the statue, which had been on display at the Drents Museum in Assen.
The remains are thought to belong to a Buddhist monk called Master Liuquan, the NL Times reported. Among the internal samples were scraps of paper with ancient Chinese characters.
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This may be an example of self-mummification based on a torturous ritual that was prevalent about 1,000 years ago, but got banned in the 19th century, according to Ancient Origins.
Basically a monk starved himself for several years, then went into a meditative state in a tiny tomb til he died.
The statue has since been taken to the National Museum of Natural History in Budapest, Hungary, where it will stay until May.