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   Undertoad  Wednesday Mar 17 06:05 PM

3/17/2004: 280-year-old Vietnamese monk body found

Another dead dude on IotD - this one interesting because it was NOT mummified, but sat there anyway for years and years. This monk died in 1723 in Vietnam, apparently in the lotus position, and sat there resting peacefully since then in a tower in a remote pagoda.

OK, maybe he was partly mummified - he was coated in some sort of protective paint, so that the only damage he took was the loss of one eye socket and both arms. Well you can't have everything.

The full story does not give us much more information, but I think I would like to be painted with some weird paint and just sit there for a few centuries after I die. Only the first few decades seem boring, I'm sure.

Katkeeper  Wednesday Mar 17 06:26 PM

What? Not cremated and scattered in the woods in Franconia with the rest of the family??

Pearcie (AUS)  Wednesday Mar 17 06:36 PM

Venus de Monk

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Mar 17 08:05 PM

Originally posted by Katkeeper
What? Not cremated and scattered in the woods in Franconia with the rest of the family??
Sure is a nice place to be scattered.

Katkeeper  Wednesday Mar 17 10:06 PM

One of the best. The trees, the mushrooms, the mountains...

Elspode  Wednesday Mar 17 11:07 PM

It is probably best that he expired. He would have had a bitch of a case of leg cramps otherwise.

Troubleshooter  Wednesday Mar 17 11:10 PM

I'm just imagining how pissed off her is going to be when he comes out of his trance and finds himself in a box with no arms.

*picturing Julian Sands standing over him*

Nothing But Net  Wednesday Mar 17 11:34 PM


Evidently the work of Oddjob. The victim suffocated although the eye socket was not covered in paint.

I wonder if Ted Williams will end up looking like this.

MAdMoNKEY  Thursday Mar 18 10:55 AM

Aaarrrrrggghhh! Someone should put an eye patch on him.

hairdog  Thursday Mar 18 11:05 AM

Anyone think (like me) that this dude looks a lot like Gollum?

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Mar 18 09:20 PM

I think he mostly looks like ...dead.

headsplice  Friday Mar 19 03:46 PM

I'm guessing he died because his legs fell asleep, and he REALLY hated pins and needles.

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