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Mummified Monk May Not Be Dead…

A decades long meditation so deep that you are mistaken for dead. The word for this state of being is “tukdam”.


Images of Rip Van Winkle come to mind…





Monk in Mongolia ‘not dead’, say Buddhists
The monk was found wrapped in traditional Buddhist robes


“A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him.


Senior Buddhists say the monk, found sitting in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead.


Forensic examinations are under way on the remains, found wrapped in cattle skins in north-central Mongolia.


Scientists have yet to determine how the monk is so well preserved, though some think Mongolia’s cold weather could be the reason.


But Dr Barry Kerzin, a physician to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, told the Siberian Times that the monk was in a rare state of meditation called “tukdam”…”


For the rest, click here.


On the same note, here is a story about a Hindu guru who may or may not be dead.


“They died in their sleep one by one…”

“They died in their sleep one by one, thousands of miles from home. Their median age was 33. All but one — 116 of the 117 — were healthy men…”


Twenty-five years later, in her new book, author Shelley Adler pieces together what happened…




The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills
By Alexis C. Madrigal


“While people of all cultures experience sleep paralysis in similar ways, the specific form and intensity it takes varies from one group to the next


They died in their sleep one by one, thousands of miles from home. Their median age was 33. All but one — 116 of the 117 — were healthy men. Immigrants from southeast Asia, you could count the time most had spent on American soil in just months. At the peak of the deaths in the early 1980s, the death rate from this mysterious problem among the Hmong ethnic group was equivalent to the top five natural causes of death for other American men in their age group.


Something was killing Hmong men in their sleep, and no one could figure out what it was. There was no obvious cause of death. None of them had been sick, physically. The men weren’t clustered all that tightly, geographically speaking. They were united by dislocation from Laos and a shared culture, but little else. Even House would have been stumped.


Doctors gave the problem a name, the kind that reeks of defeat, a dragon label on the edge of the known medical world: Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome. SUNDS. It didn’t do much in terms of diagnosis or treatment, but it was easier to track the periodic conferences dedicated to understanding the problem.


Twenty-five years later, Shelley Adler’s new book pieces together what happened, drawing on interviews with the Hmong population and analyzing the extant scientific literature. Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind Body Connection is a mind-bending exploration of how what you believe interacts with how your body works….”


For the rest click here to go to The Atlantic.


More on the phenomenon of sleep paralysis, here.


The Book of the Damned



Odd Salon in the Bay Area is a group that meets to discuss, you guessed it, the Odd. They are an excellent inspiration for all things mysterious and post-worthy, and in a recent meeting, they spoke about The Book of the Damned by Charles Hoy Fort (1874 – 1932) — a treatise on “science” but really more of a tome of poetry and mania describing the unexplained phenomena he felt was being ignored or excluded by standard scientific study. (UFOs, the universe, mythological creatures, etc…) If you have not already delved into this piece of writing, we recommend exploring it.


“The Book of the Damned was the first published nonfiction work of the author Charles Fort (first edition 1919). Dealing with various types of anomalous phenomena including UFOs, strange falls of both organic and inorganic materials from the sky, odd weather patterns, the possible existence of creatures generally held to be mythological, disappearances of people under strange circumstances, and many other phenomena, the book is historically considered to be the first written in the specific field of anomalistics.” – Summary from Wikipedia


LibriVox has an audio version of the book here. The perfect background for a mysterious mood!


Project Gutenberg offers the complete text of Fort’s The Book of the Damned, here.


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