| Tetsumonkai |
|Status||Born into a poor family. His ancestors were samurais.|
|Date(s)||Buried alive December 8, 1829.|
Tetsumonkai's mummification was not a typical one, it involved being buried alive. He was placed in a coffin, which was placed underground and buried. Tetsumonkai then started to pray, he held prayer beads in his hands during this event. It is said that his last words were "To all those who pray for me, I won't let you down." The body was finally removed, being dried with candles for preservation. Lastly, the body was painted so that it could forever be admired.
The only studies surrounding this mummy, were those that looked into the Buddhist tradition of self mummification.
It can be assumed that Tetsumonkai died of asphyxiation.
Edit: He had a bamboo tube for air, and a bell he would ring everyday. When the bell stops ringing the box is sealed completely for 1000 days before being opened to see if his self-mummification was successful,
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