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CT Scan Reveals 1,000-Year-Old Mummified Monk Hidden Inside Buddha Statue

Netherlands-based Drents Museum took this incredible CT scan of the mummified remains of a Chinese Buddhist monk Qisan Zhang fully encased inside a Buddha statue.

The monk is believed to have lived about 1,000 years ago during the Song Dynasty and studies have shown he would have been around 37-years-old.

According to The Economist,”The profound knowledge of herbal remedies he acquired there won him fame and affection. He was so pious that he earned the honorific title of ‘Gong’ (Lord) and became known as Zhang Gong. He was—and is—considered a bodhisattva: one capable of attaining nirvana, but who chooses to remain in the physical world out of compassion for humanity.”

Buddhist Master Liuquan

photo by M. Elsevier Stokmans

Statue was examined with a CT scan

photo by Jan van Esch

Some practicing Buddhists even say mummified monks are ‘not dead’ but in rare meditative state. “If the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha. Reaching such a high spiritual level the meditator will also help others, and all the people around will feel a deep sense of joy,” writes Dr Barry Kerzin.

photo by Jan van Esch

The monk was recently displayed in the Natural History Museum in Budapest, where it is owned by private collector and architect Oscar van Overeem. However, there has been some controversy as to who truly owns the mummified monk statue.

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