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7-06-2015, 22:43

Living Buddhas: The Self-Mummified Monks of Yamagata, Japan

Living Buddhas: The Self-Mummified Monks of Yamagata, Japan
Living Buddhas: The Self-Mummified Monks of Yamagata, Japan
Author: Ken Jeremiah
McFarland & Company
2010
ISBN: 0786448806
Pages: 236
Format: PDF
Size: 4 mb
Language: english
Northern Japan is home to an ancient, esoteric tradition of self-mummifying Buddhist monks, a tradition little known to the outside world. Long after death, these ascetics continue to be revered as living Buddhas. This first English-language work on the subject recounts the process by which these monks starve themselves for a decade, bury themselves alive with only a small breathing tube, and meditate until death. After three years, the mummified body is exhumed and displayed. The biographies of various monks are presented within this history of self-mummification, as is an examination of the religious beliefs involved, an amalgamation of three distinct religious traditions. Also explored is the role of asceticism in religion, and beliefs about life and death shared by the Buddhist sects involved in self-mummification.

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