[MA-SOC] Self-mummified monks - J-horror meets creepy reality!

Oneirophile at aol.com Oneirophile at aol.com
Sat Oct 4 01:49:15 EDT 2008


A little pre-Halloween treat for those of you who, like myself, have  read 
and relished Junji Ito's nightmarish (and nightmare-inducing) MUSEUM OF  TERROR 
trilogy -- TOMIE, TOMIE 2, and THE LONG HAIR IN THE ATTIC:
 
Remember that story in Volume 3 about those two girls getting trapped  with 
the self-mummified monks?  Well, truth is stranger than fiction  -- while Ito's 
story may have been a tad bit anachronistic (the practice  died out in the 
early 20th century), the practice of sokushinbutsu  (self-mummification) by 
Shingon Buddhist monks was a chilling historical  reality.  Cut and paste the 
"tinyfied" link for an  article on the practice.... complete with photo of an 
honest-to-goodness  self-mummified monk!
 
_http://tinyurl.com/3hq6qb_ (http://tinyurl.com/3hq6qb) 
 
Jill
 

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