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CT Scan Reveals Mummified Monk Inside Of A 1,000-Year-Old Statue

When scientists at the Meander Medical Center ran a CT scan on a Buddhist statue from the 11th or 12th century, they were blown away by what they found inside. 

The sculpture, on exhibition at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands, houses a full mummy of a Chinese Buddhist monk.

The scientists were fairly certain that they'd find a mummy inside, but they had yet to see any evidence up close and personal. Through the CT scan, the skeleton of the monk can be clearly seen, with his organs replaced by ancient Chinese scrolls.

They believe the body belongs to a monk named Liquan, an ancient master of the Chinese Meditation School. Earlier this month, another team of scientists discovered a 200-year-old mummified monk in Mongolia. It was believed by some Buddhists that this monk was still living and in a deep meditative trance. 

Credit: Bored Panda

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