The Self-Mummifying Monk

The Self-Mummifying Monk

We tend to think of mummification as either an environmental event or a mortuary act perpetrated by others, but mummification can also occur as an act of ritualized self destruction. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian consider the Sokushinbutsu of Japan, who once engaged in a process of ascetic self mummification that spanned years of extreme body modification. Their purpose? To travel through time...

Image Caption: Gilded mummy of 126 year old monk Wuxia. (Karl Johaentges/LOOK-foto/Getty)

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Topics in this Podcast: Mummies, christian sager, Japan, China, history, religion