200-year-old Mongolian mummy found "meditating" in perfect lotus position
I find it hard to hold a yoga pose for five minutes, but one Mongolian mummy has been sitting in lotus position for roughly 200 years! According to reports from the Songinokhairkhan province in Mongolia, the mummified remains were discovered on Tuesday.
No details were released on exactly where and how the remains were found, but the man was likely a monk practicing Shokushinbutsu, a Buddhist practice of self-preservation that was most common in northern Japan. The well-preserved remains were found sitting in lotus position and covered in cattle skin. Some people have suggested that this man may be the teacher of Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, a famous monk whose remains were also found perfectly preserved and sitting in lotus position after his death in 1927. His remains were exhumed in 2002 and sent to a monastary.
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For now, the mummified monk has been sent to Ulaanbataar National Centre of Forensic Expertise for further examination. While it will be interesting to learn more about this man and his background, hopefully they also send his remains to a peaceful permanent resting place soon.