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Great jusninasirun 2008-03-30 20:05

Hello Kei. Very interesting story behind the image. I wish to know more about this self-mummified monk. Does this mean that he was in the mummy costume (monk's ceremonial attire) for 10 years before he became mummy? Excellent wooden architecture with intricate design. Thanks for sharing this Kit. Regards. Jusni

Old 03-31-2008, 02:59 PM
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Default To jusninasirun: good point

Thank you Jusni, I appreciate your curious mind.
They do not provide much details on his 10 years.
What I learned from the temple and their website(!) was that
he had executed this act in a very secluded temple building
in the mountain, so there may not have been many witnesses.

My guess is that he had been wearing the same thing all the time,
possibly the monk’s white training clothes.

After he passed away - completely mummified himself, they dressed him in this special attire,
which has been changed every 12 years (date not disclosed).
This ritual has been performed by the head priest and major donors of
Saisyouji, who purify themselves in advance for the occasion.

The moment they change his robe the weather has never been pleasant they say,
the sky always changes drastically into a storm no matter how sunny it was earlier.
They fear that he never likes being touched. Interesting.

You can take a small look at him here.
Sorry that they do not seem to have separate URLs for each page,
please try clicking at the lower left, the 5th under the index saying 弘智法印即身仏.

Warmest regards,
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