A CT scan of a Buddhist statue from the 11th or 12th century has revealed an amazing secret, instead of being hollow it houses the bones of an ancient Chinese Buddhist monk whose organs have been replaced by old Chinese scrolls.
Scientists at the Meander Medical Centre in the Netherlands were aware that the statue had a hidden secret but up until now had been unable to get a proper look. Drents museum the owners of the statue formally requested that the CT scan take place which was when they discovered the ancient scrolls.
By deciphering the scrolls experts believe that the mummy was the body of Liuquan, an ancient Buddhist master from the Chinese Meditation School.
The discovery comes shortly after of news of another mummified monk found in Mongolia, who some believe is simply in an advanced meditative state.
The statue will be on display at the Hungarian Natural History Museum until May, 2015.