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Incorruptibility is a Catholic and Eastern Orthodox belief that supernatural intervention allows some human bodies to not undergo the normal process of decomposition after death. Bodies that reportedly undergo little or no decomposition are sometimes referred to as incorrupt or incorruptible (adjective) or as an incorruptible (noun). Although it is recognised as supernatural in Catholicism, it is no longer counted as a miracle in the recognition of a saint. Incorruptibility is seen as distinct from the good preservation of a body, or mummification. Incorruptible bodies are often said to have the Odour of Sanctity, exuding a sweet and pleasant aroma. As of yet, none of these cases have been verified scientifically.
Shingon Priests and Self-Mummification
The practice of self-mummification seems somewhat macabre to today’s civilized population. However,for some sects of Buddhist priests, it was a form of further enlightenment. Many of these priests voluntarilywent through a ten-year gruesome process of self-mummifying, believing that extreme physical pain and denial created an opening to a higher spiritual level, the ultimate attainment of “passing into the state of nirvana.”
The process of self-mummification is broken down into three 1,000-day periods. Each period ischaracterized by physical and mental changes caused by phase-specific austerities and excruciating pain.The process is not some mystic secret, but rather a calculated scientific means for ridding the body ofmaterial that cannot cross over into nirvana. In the first phase the priest is restricted to a diet of only nuts and grains surrounding the temple complex. During this time the practitioner endures extreme hardships, such as meditating under icy cold mountain streams for hours on end. “Japan is a mountainous country.”Therefore, most of the Shingon temple complexes are in the proximity of large sacred mountains.
Through history, the bodies of a considerable number of deceased Catholic Saints and other blessed persons, have not undergone the normal processes of disintegration. Without any kind mummification or embalming methods, their corpses have thus remained incorrupt, a few even after 1500 years. The accounts of incorruptible bodies are a part of Christian history from the first century right through to the 21st.
Many of those, whose bodies have been found incorrupt, had died either by violence or diseases, conditions which normally would encourage the disintegration processes rather than preserve the bodies. Some had been buried in close proximity to other bodies that decomposed normally. Some had been consigned to the bare earth. Others survived burial in such damp conditions that their clothes rotted off their intact bodies. Some had been lying in lime, water or left in the open. But apparently unaffected by exterior influences, the bodies were found preserved as if they were still alive.
Because of the Vatican’s quite strict canonization process, these exhumations have usually been witnessed with oaths and affidavits by ordinary working people as well as
respectable doctors and medical specialists. The phenomenon is therefore among the most thoroughly documented of all alleged miracles.
Originally posted by ELECTRICkoolaidZOMBIEtest
first of all....
you were a mortician? i may have lots of questions regarding that field of work...
but on to the topic at hand.
ive heard this kind of stuff before and i find it fscinating, but as you said ridiculous. i would expect popes to be "incorruptable" or something. i would be interested in inspecting the non-decomposed bodies. i shall look into this topic in more depth. Thank you.
The Liturgy of Death celebrates the tragedy of the spiritual and physical death of each Christian as being the very sign and victory of Christ's death and resurrection. In that way, the Liturgy of Death preserves the unique Christian vision of death - and life - and calls on the rest of the community to persevere more deeply and zealously in the baptismal way of dying and rising in Christ, so that one's last breath can become a witness to the "glory of the Father." It was, after all, to living people that Saint Paul wrote: "You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth" (Revelation 14:13).
St. John the Theologian died a natural death (the only one of the Apostles to do so), being around 105 years of age, during the time of Emperor Trajan. The circumstances of the Apostles death appeared to be unusual and even puzzling.
Upon the insistence of Apostle John, he was buried alive.
On the following day, when the tomb was unearthed it turned out to be empty.
This event somewhat affirmed the belief in the conjecture of some Christians that Apostle John will not die but will live until the Second coming of Christ and that he will unmask the Antichrist.
The reason for such a surmise was served by the words said by the Saviour not long before his Ascention.
To the question of Apostle Peter as to what will become with Apostle John, the Lord answered, "If I will that he remain until I come (the second time) what is that to you?
You follow Me " Apostle John makes a notation regarding this in his Gospel: " This saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die" (John 21:22-23).
Originally posted by KRISKALI777
These bodies have been found to not only be Embalmed, but as you have mentioned, sheltered from the elements in the artificial environment of their own self-contained glass cases.