說到佛像,不外乎金碧輝煌、身披袈裟、供人參拜的莊嚴形象。如今竟然在佛像裏頭發現乾屍,這又是怎麼一回事呢?

 

 

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荷蘭德倫特博物館(Drents Museum)佛教藝術和文化專家Erik Bruijn所組織的團隊,將一尊有千年歷史的佛像,運用電腦斷層掃描技術(CT Scan)進行掃描,即使掃描前便推測極有可能有僧侶木乃伊,但直到掃描結果出爐,才確定真有一個持盤坐姿勢的高僧木乃伊

 

 

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研究團隊也針對遺體的內部進行檢查,裏頭器官已經被移除,但骨骼方面仍保持相當完整,同時也在遺體內找到有中國古文字的紙片。根據團隊推究,身分極有可能是中國佛教僧侶劉銓(Liuquan)

 

 

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這尊含藏遺體的佛像可追溯到十一或十二世紀,約中國宋朝時期。以佛教徒的立場,他們認為佛像中的高僧只是進入一種更深層的禪修境界,並沒有死去。

 

 

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這是目前唯一一尊中國佛像木乃伊,同時也是唯一在西方國家的研究樣本,在文化上有著重大意義。目前也沒有相同性質的木乃伊,大家去寺廟拜拜時也別太多疑是否真的有乾屍藏在其中(笑)

 

 

 

 

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