Historical Thursday: Sokushinbutsu – The Art of Self-Mummification

Hundreds of years ago in northern Japan, a sect of Buddhism practiced a now-illegal form of burial. Existing only in fairy tales until its recent discovery, Sokushinbutsu was a slow, painful death that monks practiced on themselves, resulting in a near-perfect preservation of their bodies. The process was long and arduous; taking almost 6 years to complete


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