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Mummified remains of '200 year old man in lotus position' found in Mongolia

By The Siberian Times reporter
28 January 2015

Forensic examination to be made on well preserved remains of possible Lama teacher.

The mummy was delivered to Ulaanbataar National Centre of Forensic Expertise. Picture: 'Өглөөний сонин'

This extraordinary picture shows the mummifed male body which is believed to be several centuries old. It was found  at 6.30 pm 27 January 2015 in Songinokhairkhan province, reported Mongolia's 'Morning Newspaper'.

'The mummified body sits in a lotus position, as if still meditating.

'Experts that only had time to carry basic visual test say they believe the body can be about 200 years old'.

The report added: 'So far there is no information as to where the body was found. The only details we learned was that it was covered with a cattle skin'.

meditating mummy found in Mongolia
A 'meditating mummy' found on 27th of January in Mongolia. Picture: 'Өглөөний сонин'


It was not clear if it was the skin of a cow, horse, or camel, said the report. The mummy was delivered to Ulaanbataar National Centre of Forensic Expertise'.

Initial speculation is that the mummy could be a teacher of famous Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov.

Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, born in 1852, was a Buryat Buddhist Lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, best known for the lifelike state of his body.

His remains were reported not to be subject to macroscopic decay.

Read more: Mummified monk is 'not dead' and in rare meditative state, says expert

Comments (27)

Just an amazing find. After their tests and further studies, I sure hope those forensic scientists studying the mummy would re-bury him where he was found or perhaps bury him at an appropriate burial ground where he will remain undisturbed forevermore. The dead Lama deserves respect, and it is troubling to think that he may end up as an exhibit in a museum or university. To me, he looks rather sad. He was found in a lotus position and appears to be meditating. He should be left alone with his thoughts and prayers.
E. Espinosa, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
30/01/2015 06:30
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He may be in greatly suspended animation. Ancient Taoist teachings do say this was possible. Like a buried cicada. Put him back and do not cut him. He may still be alive, and come back in 200 years... but in a way Western 'Science' certainly does not comprehend, nor within it's small frame of materalist thought... understand.
Mr , Lee / USA
30/01/2015 04:48
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He may be in greatly suspended animation. Ancient Taoist teachings said this was possible. Like a buried cicada. Put him back and do not cut him. He may still be alive, but in a way Western 'Science' does not comprehend.
Mr , Lee / USA
30/01/2015 04:46
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@ Ashley Indiana - you must have misread - it says the initial speculation was that this mummy could be the teacher of the old Lama Dashi WHO was born in 1852, inferring the teacher to be older.
Gio, Eureak, CA
30/01/2015 03:14
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An article in the NYT, 10/01/2002 by Steven Lee Myers goes into detail about Lama Itigilov's remarkable preservation, 75 plus years after his death. "His eyes are closed, his features blurred, though the shape of his face and his nose certainly resemble the 1913 photograph. His hands remain flexible, his nails perfectly trimmed. His skin is leathery but soft. His head is still covered in short-trimmed hair." Interestingly, the Lama showing the body to the reporter says, "Many people don't see what's obvious. Many people won't understand even if they see him."
Diane Honeysett, CA, USA
30/01/2015 00:57
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Ashley, you have confused two different mummies. The one that may be 200 years old and was just found might be the teacher of the monk born in 1852.
The article says:
"Initial speculation is that the mummy could be a teacher of famous Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov. Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, born in 1852, was a Buryat Buddhist Lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, best known for the lifelike state of his body."
Elizabeth, Massachusetts
30/01/2015 00:27
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200 years?
Jonathan H. Kover, Rome, NY, USA
29/01/2015 22:27
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Amazing find! Hope they can discover more about him and maybe who he was.
Carol Walters, USA
29/01/2015 21:16
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I wonder though...if the mummy is many centuries old or even 200 years old, how would it be the monk born in 1852? His birth isn't even 200 years old so how could his death be?
Ashley , Indiana, USA
29/01/2015 20:20
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Why not leave him alone? Clearly that's how and where he wanted to be preserved. Scientists don't need to disturb everything to further their own study. He was praying. Put him back and leave him alone.
Joe, Washington DC
29/01/2015 20:12
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fantastic so real please if there any progress with the examination of the mummy report it
Catalina, Sydney Australia
29/01/2015 12:43
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la cago.... increible
chris, chile
28/01/2015 23:25
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