Posts Tagged 'Mummification'

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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World’s Oldest Ham

WorldsOldestHamMental_floss reported –

Today, the 113-year-old delicacy sits in the Isle of Wight County Museum in Smithfield, Virginia, in homage to Gwaltney’s eccentric legacy. Over the years, the ham has transformed into something of a local celebrity. In 2014, museum officials threw it a 112th birthday party. A recent “Pan Ham” competition offered travelers the chance to photograph themselves at tourist attractions with a picture of Gwaltney and his ham. You can even catch a glimpse of the wizened relic via the museum’s Ham Cam, which live-streams the prized attraction sitting in a specially designed display case.

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