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Chinese Buddhist monk mummified and covered in gold

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QUANZGOU — In the southeastern Chinese city of Quanzhou, a well-known Buddhist monk named Fu Hou has been mummified and encased in gold leaf.

Fu Hou died in 2012 in the wake of spending the majority of his life at the Chongfu Temple on a hill in the city of Quanzhou, according to the temple’s abbot, Li Ren.

Right after his death, the monk’s body was washed, treated by two mummification experts and sealed inside a large pottery jar in a sitting position, the abbot said.

When the jar was opened three years later, the monk’s body was found intact and sitting upright with little sign of deterioration apart from the skin having dried out, Li Ren said.

The temple decided to mummify Fu Hou to commemorate his devotion to Buddhism and to serve as an inspiration for followers of the religion.

According to The Associated Press, it’s “a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions” and was done to honor Fu Hou’s dedication to the religion.

Chinese Buddhist monk mummified and covered in gold

The monk, who died in 2012 at the age of 94, was prepared for mummification by his temple to commemorate his devotion to Buddhism. The mummifed remains were then treated and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

Chinese Buddhist monk mummified and covered in gold

Fu Hou Before his death

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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