Scientists find Body within a Chinese Buddha Statue

BenSt

Ad Honorem
Aug 2013
4,565
Canada, originally Clwyd, N.Wales
I thought our Chinese members would find this very interesting, researchers in the Netherlands have done a CT scan of a Buddhist statue and were surprised to find entombed within, bones.

CT scan finds mummified monk inside 1,000-year-old Buddha - CNET

The Buddha, exhibited at the Drents Museum in The Netherlands last year, was taken to the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, where it was subjected to a full CT scan and had samples taken with an endoscope, under the supervision of Buddhist art expert Erik Brujin.
The mummy inside the statue -- the only one of its kind ever found -- is believed to be a Buddhist master named Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School, who died around 1100 AD.
The CT scan and endoscopy revealed more than just the mummified remains of Liuquan. Samples of a material that has yet to be identified were taken from the thoracic and abdominal cavities, and something else extraordinary was discovered: in the spaces once occupied by organs, the team found scraps of paper scribed with ancient Chinese characters.
This is apparently the first one of it's kind, and the article goes on to suggest it may be an attempt by the Master to become a 'Living Buddha' which is similar to the self-mummification process underdone until recently by Japanese Buddhists.
'
Absolutely fascinating.
 

tornada

Ad Honoris
Mar 2013
15,389
India
Fascinating it is. I wonder how many statues have human remains within them, and how old the practice might be. Casting statues of people is common to all cultures, but this is really unique...