Sounds like something straight out of a movie, but some believe a centuries-old mummified monk found January 27 is alive.
The Siberian News reports that the mummified monk had been stolen by a 45-year-old man identified simply as "Enhtor," who was trying to sell it on the black market. Authorities arrested the culprit and found the mummy in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
The body was then transported to Ulaanbataar National Center of Forensic Expertise, where experts estimated it to be about 200 years old.
But how could a 200-year-old mummy that looks like this still be alive?
Well, basically, the body is in a super deep meditative pose that some Buddhist scholars believe indicates he's not dead, but is still meditating.
"[The mummy] is sitting in the lotus positionvajra, the left hand is opened, and the right hand symbolizes of the preaching Sutra," Ganhugiyn Purevbata, a professor at the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art at Ulaanbaatar Buddhist University, told the Siberian Times. "This is a sign that the Lama is not dead," he continued, "but is in a very deep meditation according to the ancient tradition of Buddhist lamas."
If a person remains in this kind of deep meditative state their body will enter into a kind of "luminous wakefulness," according to Tibetan Buddhist Lama Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.
"At that moment, the experience of luminous wakefulness is very strong and one simply remains in its composure naturally, meaning that high lamas or someone with deep experience and realization will naturally dissolve into or expand into this state of samadhi," said Thrangu Rinpoche in an interview with Rangjung Yeshe Publications. "When the ground luminosity dawns by itself, they recognize it, and then remain in equanimity - that is what is called 'remaining in tukdam.'"