20-year old college student going into animation and screenwriting and blah blah *
Did you know that there was a long-standing history of Buddist monks mummifying themselves? In Japan, there was a practice called sokushinbutsu, where monks would enter a state of meditation and take on a diet of salts, roots, pine bark and a tea made from a toxic plant normally used to make lacquer. These Japanese monks would then be buried alive, sitting in lotus, with only an air tube and a bell they would ring until they eventually died. Upon death they would be dug back up and venerated and put on display like you see above. Tthough not all of these photos are of Japanese Buddhist monks and not all practised sokushinbutsu. The bottom picture is of a Tibetan monk and the documentary “The Mystery of the Tibetan Mummy” was made about him and while he didn’t specifically practice sokushinbutsu, he was responsible for his own mummification.
Well damn, this sure got a good few notes in the past week. Good.