The mummy of a man frozen in the lotus position, covered with a cattle skin, was found in Mongolia. It might be around 200 years old. The identity of the man is as yet unknown, but he might possibly have been a teacher of famous Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov. The “lotus mummy” was sent to a forensic laboratory to unveil the layers of mystery surrounding it.
The mummy found in the lotus position in Mongolia; photo credits: ‘Өглөөний сонин’
The 200-year-old meditating mummy
The mummified body of a man allegedly dating back from few centuries ago was found in Songinokhairkhan province, Mongolia, on the 27th of January 2015, according to the local press.
The feature that stands out from the mummy is the position it is ‘frozen’ in: the man can be found sitting in a lotus position. Reports describe him as appearing as though he were “meditating”. Another striking characteristic is that it is covered with a cattle skin.
No dating method has been carried out yet, but, from the visual inspection of the experts, the mummy is said to be around 200 years of age.
Cow, horse, or camel?
As of now, no more information has been made available. The cattle skin over it has not been confirmed to be of any specific animal.
For further and more in-depth analysis, the “lotus mummy” was transported to the Ulaanbataar National Centre of Forensic Expertise’.
The possible identity of the mummified lotus man
The man might have been a teacher of the well-known Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov. The latter was born in 1852, and was a Buryat Buddhist Lama from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is famous for the lifelike state of his body which is said to have not succumbed to macroscopic decay.