Surprise! Buddha Statue Hides Mummified Remains

February 23, 2015 9:13 PM

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Surprise! Buddha Statue Hides Mummified Remains

During routine restoration, researchers discovered a surprise hidden in an ancient gold-painted Chinese Buddha statue: a mummy hidden inside. The mummy was once the Buddhist monk Liuquan, according to text found with the statue.

A Chinese statue of a sitting Buddha has revealed a hidden surprise: Inside, scientists found the mummified remains of a monk who lived nearly 1,000 years ago.

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