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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
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.
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.