Mummified Buddhist monk to be covered in gold and made into a shrine

Fu Hou's carefully preserved body will now be worshipped by others

Elsa Vulliamy
Sunday 01 May 2016 18:26 BST
Fu Hou's body will be placed on a mountain to be worshipped
Fu Hou's body will be placed on a mountain to be worshipped

A Chinese Buddhist monk who died away in 2012 has been covered with gold leaf and is expected to be used as a shrine.

Fu Hou was a devout Buddhist monk, who began studying Buddhism at the age of 13, and remained practising until he died at the age of 94, the Telegraph reports.

Following his decision that he wanted to be preserved after his death, Fu Hou’s body was treated by two mummification experts and placed in a jar.

Mummification and preservation is a treatment reserved for devout men, and it is believed that only the bodies of truly virtuous Buddhists will remain intact.

Three years after mummification, Fu Hou’s body was found to still be well preserved, and to have remained in the upright sitting position in which it was mummified.

The monk’s body has now been covered in gauze, laquer and gold leaf, and he is due to be placed in a glass case on top of a mountain so that he may inspire others to follow Buddhism.

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