Sokushinbutsu - The ancient Japanese monks mummified to death

Sokushinbutsu and the ancient Japanese monks that mummified themselves to death

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Sokushinbutsu of  Dainichi Temple – Atlas Obscura. Available from: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sokushinbutsu-dainichi-temple

By April Holloway

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Imagine a life so useless and empty that all the adherents have to do is mummify themselves while those around them actively seek guidance to God? No help here...Oh well !

The middle guy looks like a ghoul from Fallout 3

They were doing this in India a lot longer ago than 1000 years.

imo , to partake in the elements and become energy for non human life sources would be the ultimate consideration of life . Ending in preservation of vessel is not natural , I don't think , for our life form I am thinking . Harmony is denial of self , but to render uselessness for nonhuman energy strikes me as not the ultimate destination.

Does anyone know why the chap in the middle is rocking out his eternity in a fetching pair of shades? My best guess is that when you see other spontaneously mummified corpses, the eyes tend to end up a bit gooey... Sorry for that image! The article was great and the comment above very insightful (thank you, Mr Strauss), by the way.

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