Mummified Monk
Inside mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Monk
Age 200 years old
Sex Male
Height Unknown
Culture Buddhist Monk
Current Location
Location Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia
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The identity of the monk is unknown but he is thought to have lived in the early 19th century. There has been speculation that he could be the teacher of Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov (1852–1927), a Russian Lama.

Dr Barry Kerzin, a  Buddhist monk and a physician to the Dalai Lama, said: 'I had the privilege to take care of some medidtators who were in a tukdam state. If the person is able to remain in this state for more than three weeks - which rarely happens - his body gradually shrinks, and in the end all that remains from the person is his hair, nails, and clothes. Usually in this case, people who live next to the monk see a rainbow that glows in the sky for several days. This means that he has found a 'rainbow body'. This is the highest state close to the state of Buddha'.

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He added: 'If the mediator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha. Reaching such a high spiritual level the mediator will also help others, and all the people around will feel a deep sense of joy'.


Forensic examinations are under way on the amazing remains, which are believed to be around 200 years old, having been preserved in animal skin.


The mummified remains, which were covered in animal skin, were found in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia.

The two-century-old mummy has been sent to the National Centre of Forensic Expertise for further study.


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