Sokushinbutsu – Buddhist Self-Mummification

Wikipedia explains Sokushinbutsu –

Sokushinbutsu () refers to a practice of Buddhist monks observing Asceticism to the point of death and entering mummification while alive.[1] This process of self-mummification was mainly practiced in Yamagata in Northern Japan between the 11th and 19th century, by members of the Japanese Vajrayana school of Buddhism called Shingon (“True Word”). The practitioners of sokushinbutsu did not view this practice as an act of suicide, but rather as a form of further enlightenment.[2]

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1 Response to “Sokushinbutsu – Buddhist Self-Mummification”


  1. 1 Bonsai September 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I have not heard of this but not surprised! The Japanese take so much to extremes.


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