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  1. Sokushinbutsu: Japanese Mummies

    Religion Sokushinbutsu: Japanese Mummies

    Sokushinbutsu (即身仏) refers to a practice of Buddhist monks observing austerity to the point of death and mummification. It is a process of self-mummification that was mainly practised in Yamagata Prefecture in Northern Japan by members of the esoteric Shingon (“True Word”) School of Buddhism...