THE MAGICAL MUMMY
In life, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov was a monk. One night in 1927, he told his students and fellow monks that his time had come to pass from this life into another, before asking them to join him in meditation.
The story goes that while in the middle of the meditation, he quietly passed away. Shortly afterward, he was buried sitting upright in the lotus position, shielded from the elements by a pine box.
Several years later his body was exhumed, revealing his corpse to be well-preserved and still in the lotus position. He was re-interred and the coffin was encased in salt. His body was recently exhumed again with several witnesses present, including scientists and forensic experts. Once again, his body was found to be in near-perfect condition. Analysis of skin and hair samples showed that Itigilov’s cells more closely resemble those of someone who had been dead for 36 hours than those of a person who has been dead for almost 100 years.