Centuries-Old ‘Meditating’ Mummy Found In Mongolia
A “meditating” mummy has been found in Mongolia
That’s right. The mummified man–seated in the lotus position with his legs crossed and arms folded–was found last week in the Songino Khairkhan district of Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital, according to Mongolia’s Morning News.
“This is an immensely important discovery that is in line with Buddhist practices in the region,” Dr. John W. Olsen, a professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona and executive director of the Je Tsongkhapa Endowment for Central and Inner Asian Archaeology, told The Huffington Post.
The Siberian Times reported that police recovered the mummy from a man who had been storing it in his home after finding the remains in a cave. The man allegedly had plans to sell the mummy on the black market.
Experts estimate that the body, which was covered in animal skin, is around 200 years old, according to the Siberian Times. It has reportedly been delivered to a state-run forensics labs in Ulaanbaatar for further analysis.
The mummification of especially important spiritual leaders, or lamas, is a Buddhist tradition in parts of East and Central Asia, according to Olsen.
Further analysis of the body could “enhance our understanding —> Read More Here