Buddhist Incorruptibles – Sacred Mummies & Icons.

Buddhist mummies. I thought Buddhist thought & mummification were, to a certain degree, incompatible, because Buddhism teaches about the transitory nature of life & even death, if I’m not mistaken.

Then I found that some Buddhist monks started the strange & seemingly BIZARRE practice of self – mummification, primarily in Japan.  Cloistering themselves away, & starving & dehydrating themselves until they gradually died, & were believed to pass into Enlightenment, usually in a tiny buried cubicle or box – like cell, usually buried. The only liquid they drank was a sap used in making lacquer. Accounts that I’ve read about the process are interesting. Usually done to achieve passage to Nirvana, sometimes to serve as an example to aspiring Buddhists, unlike Egyptian mummies, which were sealed in tombs & given offerings to sustain their souls in the afterlife.

It was practiced in China & SE Asia to a certain extent as well. Not unlike the Catholic ” Incorruptible ” saints, some of which had assistance from patrons of the Church.

The link below leads to a story about a mummy found inside a Chinese Buddha statue as an icon. Interesting read, & I hope that my cut & paste skills are sufficient.



Author: danielrappletonyahoocom

Science - fiction, fantasy, horror & suspense ( But not really " nerd / geek " material ), armchair cultural anthropologist, interested in archaeology ( Although the closest I've been to an actual dig - site was Pinson Mounds outside Memphis ), & interested in the obscure, strange or sometimes things that would bore or put off other people.

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