Vissarian Korkoliacos became a Greek Orthodox monk in his teens and was highly regarded in his community near Lamia in central Greece. He became well known in March 2006 when his tomb was opened and his body was revealed to still be in excellent condition. Four physicians, as well as an Athens pathologist, were unable to explain why the monk's body had not decomposed after fifteen years in his tomb. Christians believed that this phenomena was proof of the monks sainthood. Scientists argued that he was accidentally mummified but were unable to come up with any scientific proof to back up this claim.
Vissarian Korkoliacos was naturally mummified but the cause of his mummification is currently unknown. It is believed by members of the Orthodox community that his preservation is a sign from God. Lack of oxygen and the dry natural of his tomb have been suggested as possible nonreligious explanations.
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