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The Monks Who Spent Years Turning Themselves into Mummies—While Alive

Danj?garan, a temple on Mount K?ya in Japan. (Photo: V663highland/CC BY-SA 3.0) The Japanese climate is not exactly conducive to mummification. There are no peat bogs, no arid deserts, and no alpine peaks perennially encased in ice. The summers are hot and humid. Yet somehow a group of Buddhist monks from the Shingon sect discovered a way to mummify themselves through rigorous ascetic training in the shadow of a particularly sacred peak in the mountainous northern prefecture of Yamagata.
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