The body of a Buddhist monk who passed away in Henan province over 17 years ago has remained in astonishingly good condition and has since been opened to public viewing.
According to NetEase, 102-year-old Wu Yunqing passed away 17 years ago. His body is preserved under a 1.5-meter crystal cover at Lingquan Temple in Anyang city, Henan Province. Wu’s dead body has a shiny skin, silver beard and white hair and clear facial features.
Wu Yunqing was born in the Yuding village of Xingyang city, Henan province. After his parents died when he was 15 years old, he went away from his home and became a Taoist in the Qinghua temple in Shaanxi province. He later converted to Buddhism.
Following Wu’s will, his disciples put him into a large cylinder. Then coated it in a larger ceramic cylinder. After sealing the joints of the two containers together, they finally buried him at Henan’s Lingquan Temple.
On December 24, 2000, the large cylinder that was kept Wu’s body was opened by the local government. His whole body appeared to be well-preserved except for the lack of water of his body led to muscle atrophy.
After that, Wu’s body was put into a crystal cover and opened for visitors to worship. According to doctor Zhang from Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine,the body has most likely been soaked in formalin, which can change the nature of protein and keep the body from decaying.
Last month a “Mummified Buddha” statue which had been on display at a history museum in Budapest was claimed to have been stolen from China in 1995.
By Lucy Liu
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