23 Feb 2015
Buddha statue reveals inside a 1,000-year-old mummy
A medical center in the Netherlands recently conducted a series of tests on a Buddha statue and found some interesting things about the statue. According to the Feb. 21 report from the Toronto Sun and the Feb. 23 report from Unexplained Mysteries, the scientists found a mummified corpse inside the statue. While they pretty much expected that, they also found something more. What they found was that the mummy's internal organs had been removed and replaced with ancient Chinese scraps of paper. The remains inside the statue are believed to be the Buddhist monk, Liuquan. Liuquan lived around the year 1100. The researchers had been surprised in finding the paper rolled up inside the mummy. The paper had ancient Chinese characters on it.
The research had taken place in December at the Meander Medical Centre. The statue is currently on display at the Natural History Museum in Hungary until May 2015. It's believed that Liuquan had practiced self-mummification. That he had slowly starved to death. In the bronze statue Liuquan is in the lotus position. The statue last year made it's first time out of China and to the Drents Museum in the Netherlands. The researchers also took samples so they could do some DNA testing to learn more about the new discovery.
This sure is a very exciting discovery and all because of a CT scan. Also because the scientists wanted to know more about on what was inside this ancient statue. Curiosity has once again triumphed. What do you guys think of this very interesting discovery? Share your thoughts about the mummy news in the comments!