A CT scan and endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum has revealed that inside a traditional Buddha statue is the mummified remains of a Buddhist master. The statue was most likely made in the 11th or 12th century. This made scientist wonder how the Buddhist acquired the knowledge and materials to perform such an act. The person’s organs were removed prior to the mummification, but the scans clearly show the body’s bone structure. Researchers also found rolls of paper scraps inside the statue. It is believed that the mummified remains are those of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan, of the Chinese Meditation School.

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