Monks and doctors in China were shocked after a CT scan revealed the mummified monk still had healthy bones and a brain.
Last week this discovery was revealed after the gilded remains of Master Ci Xian was given a medical check at the Dinghui Temple in Wu’an, northern China’s Hebei Province.
Master Ci Xian was said to be a respected monk who had travelled from ancient India to ancient China to promote Buddhism.
The preserved body of Buddhist Master Ci Xian underwent a CT scan last week in China
The mummified monk is kept at the Dinghui Temple in Wu’an. The temple’s monks had the Ci Xian’s remains gilded last year. Above, the pictures show the body before and after
Master Ci Xian’s remains were found in a cave in the 1970s. It has been kept at the Dinghui Temple since 2011. The temple decided to add a golden layer to the remains to show its respect
The respected monk’s remains were varnished before being gilded at the Dinghui Temple
On July 8 the CT took place which was witnessed by monks, media and prayers.
When the doctors said that Master Ci Xian still had a full skeleton, and a complete brain, people were shocked to hear that.
Dr Wu Yongqing told Pear Video after the scan: ‘We can see his bones are as healthy as a normal person’s.
‘The upper jaw, the upper teeth, the ribs, the spine and all the joints are all complete.
‘It’s incredible to see this.’
The historic records revealed that Master Ci Xian was originally from India.
To spread Buddhist philosophy he travelled to the Kingdom of Khitan (916-1125) in north-east part of modern China near the Korean Peninsula.
He even translated 10 major Sutras into Chinese characters. Later, he was named the national Buddhist Master of Khitan by the king.
Some of his translations can be seen today which were engraved into stone tablets.
When Master Ci Xian passed away, his disciples had his body preserved but it later went lost over the years.
His remains were re-discovered in 1970s inside a cave.
The temple’s management arranged a CT scan for master Ci Xian’s body on July 8
Monks were shocked when doctors said Master Ci Xian still has healthy bones and a brain
An X-ray provided by Ding Hui Temple shows the skull of Master Ci Xian, from 1,000 years ago
His upper jaw, the upper teeth, the ribs, the spine (pictured) and all the joints are all complete
Master Du from the Dinghui Temple said Buddhist Master Ci Xian’s preserved body had been worshipped at the Dinghui Temple since 2011.
Last year the temple decided to have the remains gilded.
Master Ci Xian is expected to be moved from the Dinghui Temple to the Shendu Temple on Xiangtang Mountain, which is being constructed.
Master Du said the public could still worship Master Ci Xian at the Dinghui Temple from now to the end of 2017.
Monks and the public worship Master Ci Xian’s preserved body at the Dinghui Temple