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This is no ordinary Buddha statue. As the CT scan at the right clearly shows, there's a mummy concealed inside!
This fascinating artifact is currently on display as part of a mummy-themed exhibit at the Netherlands' Drents Museum (link also offers a glimpse of a particularly rad cat mummy). It's the first time the "Buddha mummy" has been shown outside of China; according to the museum, the statue contains the remains of a monk who lived "around the year 1100" and are possibly an example of self-mummification.
originally posted by: BUCKSFiZZ
of course The claIm Is quesTIonable beIng ThaT medITaTIon Is a form of sorcery.
originally posted by: rickymouse
I suppose someone overlaid it with a special clay. It could have been an old mummy in that position. It would take high heat to set the clay unless there was a catalyst.
originally posted by: looneylupinsrevenge
a reply to: rickymouse
But wouldn't it only take high heat if you wanted it to cure quickly, i.e. in a couple hours? I think a longer and cooler heat might have been used as to not destroy the body tissue, say 1-200 degrees over a number of hours or days, vs the 600-1000+ degrees you would need for a conventional (modern) blast furnace or kiln. But maybe I'm wrong.