Watch: The Art Of Self Mummification: Sokushinbutsu

A number of monks have been believed to have tried this practice, however only twenty four mummies have been found.

Mummification throughout history has been associated with Egyptians. They believed in the afterlife and hence preserved their dead.

However, self-mummification or Sokushinbutsu was primarily a Buddhist concept wherein monks and ascetics engaged in long-term meditation in order to mummify themselves.

This kind of extreme meditation required perseverance and a complete immersion in the task. Food and liquid intake was minimal and ultimately stopped, by the monk in question. Chanting of special Buddhist mantras was a part of the process.

The practice was essentially undertaken in order to have complete control over one’s own life. These self-mummified monks are revered and respected even today in many stupas and temples across East and South East Asia and India.

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So here’s a closer look at this practice of self-mummification called: Sokushinbutsu.

It’s fascinating to see how the process of self-mummification took place, as a medium to attain complete control over one’s life.

SOURCE: Wikipedia, Atlas Obscura

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