Scientists shocked after CT scan of 1,000-year-old Buddha statue reveal mummified remains of meditating monk

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Mummified remains in the statue date back to the 11th or 12th Century
Researchers knew there was a mummy in statue but were shocked to find that the monk was missing all of his organs
Study determined the mummy was that of Buddhist master Liuquan
By KELLY MCLAUGHLIN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 16:48 GMT, 22 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:19 GMT, 23 February 2015

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While it was known before the scan that a mummy was inside the statue, it wasn’t until then that researchers discovered that the monk’s organs had been removed from his body, according to Colossal.
Rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing were discovered alongside the monk.
After the scan, the mummy was taken to Budapest, where it will be on display at the Hungarian Natural History Museum until May 2015.
Many practicing Buddhists believe that mummies like that of Buddhist master Liuquan aren’t actually dead, but are rather in an advanced state of meditation, according to International Business Times.

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In January, mummified remains of a man apparently meditating in the lotus position were unearthed in Mongolia.
The human relic is believed to be around 200 years old and was preserved in animal skin.
Initial speculation is that the mummy could be a teacher of Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov.
Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, born in 1852, was a Buryat Buddhist Lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, best known for the lifelike state of his body.

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  1. CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Insideby Christopher Jobson on February 21, 2015

    SOURCE: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/02/buddah-mummy/

    What looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was recently revealed to be quite a bit more. A CT scan and endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, showed the ancient reliquary fully encases the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School. While it was known beforehand the remains of a person were inside, another startling discovery was made during the scan: where the organs had been removed prior to mummification, researches discovered rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing.

    The Liuquan mummy has since been transported to Hungary where it will be on view at the Hungarian Natural History Museum through May of 2015. (via Robs Webstek, Neatorama, Creators Project)

    UPDATE: Among some practicing Buddhists it’s been said that similar mummies “aren’t dead” but are instead in an advanced state of meditation. (thnx, Alan!)

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