The world is a place full of mysteries, and the race of humans hasn’t been able to unravel all of it. No matter how much we discover, the planet comes up with new things that can change the way we think about things that exist in the world.
Having said that, a lot of discoveries in the recent past have been attached to the findings of ancient remains that have compelled historians around the world question what we have already known so far.
Mongolian Monk Mummy
One such discovery was that of a 200-year-old mummified monk in Mongolia. Found in the Songinokhairkhan district of Mongolia, the mummified remains were of a Buddhist monk sitting in the Lotus Position, a cross-legged pose frequently used by Buddhists to meditate. What makes it a striking discovery is the revelation by Ganhugiyn Purevbata, the founder and professor of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art at Ulaanbaatar Buddhist University. If his opinion is to be believed, the petrified monk is not actually dead! According to him, the monk has been in an eternal meditative state for all these years.
But this hasn’t been the only mystery mummy that was discovered. Of late, there have been several other mummies found in other parts of the world, making us realise that when it comes to this world’s mysteries, we have just scratched the surface. Here are the ones that have us utterly fascinated:
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In the early half of 2016, the mummified remains of a German sailor named Manfred Fritz Bajorat were found in an abandoned yacht, about 40 miles off the coast of Barobo in Surigao del Sur. After being stumbled upon by two fishermen on their daily job, the remains were examined. Although the authorities couldn’t find out when exactly Bajorat passed away, they were determined that the sailor’s body was preserved by the warm and salty air out on the ocean.
Autopsy reports later revealed that the German gentleman had died of a heart attack. According to the reports, Bajorat had spent the last 20 years sailing around the world after losing his wife to cancer several years ago.
The Screaming Mummy
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As surprising as the name of this one sounds, the discovery actually left a lot of unanswered questions till date. In the year 1886, the mummified remains of a mysterious young boy were found in an undecorated coffin buried next to those of some of the greatest kings and pharaohs of Egypt. Apart from the mystery shrouded around the true identity of this boy, what shook the world was the spine-chilling position in which the mummy was found. The mummified remains of this young boy lay with his face locked in an eternal blood-curdling scream. His hands and feet had been so tightly bound that marks still remained on the bones.
Although an autopsy done by physicians around the time of the discovery couldn’t shed much light on the subject, one of the physicians, Daniel Fouquet, believed the contracted shape of his stomach cavity showed he had been poisoned, writing in his report that “the last convulsions of horrid agony can, after thousands of years, still be seen,” yet science was unable to help him ascertain why.