By Ken Jeremiah

Northern Japan is domestic to an historical, esoteric culture of self-mummifying Buddhist clergymen, little recognized to the surface global. lengthy after dying, those ascetics stay respected as dwelling Buddhas. this primary English-language paintings at the topic recounts the method during which those priests starve themselves for a decade, bury themselves alive with just a small respiring tube, and meditate until eventually loss of life. After 3 years, the mummified physique is exhumed and displayed. The biographies of assorted clergymen are awarded inside of, as is an exam of the non secular ideals concerned, an amalgamation of 3 specified spiritual traditions. additionally explored is the position of asceticism in faith, and ideology approximately existence and demise shared by means of the Buddhist sects fascinated with self-mummification.

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