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Mummified corpse of 200 year old 'meditating monk' found in Mongolia

The well-preserved mummifed body of a meditating monk, believed to be several centuries old, was discovered in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia, according to Mongolia's Morning Newspaper.

Mummified corpse of 200 year old 'meditating monk' found in Mongolia
The 'meditating mummy' found in Mongolia 
[Credit: Morning Newspaper]
"The mummified body sits in a lotus position, as if still meditating. Experts that only had time to carry basic visual test say they believe the body can be about 200 years old."

The report added: "So far there is no information as to where the body was found. The only details we learned was that it was covered with a cattle skin."

It was not clear if it was the skin of a cow, horse, or camel, said the report. The mummy was delivered to Ulaanbataar National Centre of Forensic Expertise.

Initial speculation is that the mummy could be a teacher of famous Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov.

Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, born in 1852, was a Buryat Buddhist Lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, best known for the lifelike state of his body.

His remains were reported not to be subject to macroscopic decay.

Source: The Siberian Times [January 28, 2015]

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