Nearly four months ago, devotees in China discovered the mummified body of a revered monk in a lotus position, with his eyebrows and beard were still faintly visible.
Now, they have transformed the remains into a beautiful golden statue to commemorate and honor his 81 years of devotion and dedication to Buddhism.
Fu Hou died in 2012 at the Puzhou Temple in the city of Quanzhou, in southeastern China, at the age of 94. His body was preserved in a cylinder as a “mark of respect.”
The Huffington Post reported the monks who removed Fu Hou’s body from the cylinder in January noted monk Fuhou had not decomposed, which, according to local Buddhist belief only a truly pious monk's body would remain intact after being mummified.
In 2015, a similar case emerged when Buddhist experts in Mongolia found 200-year-old mummified body of a monk, who was not dead but was rather in a deep state of meditation.
A monk in Fujian died three and a half years ago but his body didn't decompose and was made into a gold BuddhaStatue pic.twitter.com/qmVZsaAriB— China News (@Echinanews) April 26, 2016
Later, it was sterilized, painted and finally covered in gold leaf, a process that began on March 16, according to The People's Daily.