- Fu Hou, a respected monk who died in 2012, has been covered in gold leaf and is to be used as a shrine
- Hou had spent most of his life in the Chongfu Temple on a hill in the city of Quanzhou, in south-eastern China
- It is believed in the region that only a truly virtuous Buddhist will remain intact after death
QUANZHOU, China – A respected monk who died in 2012 has been covered in gold leaf and is to be used as a shrine after his mummified body was revealed a few months ago.
Helena Horton mentioned in her article for The Telegraph published on April 29 that Fu Hou, the mummified monk, had spent most of his life in the Chongfu Temple on a hill in the city of Quanzhou, in south-eastern China.
The temple where he belonged decided to mummify him by covering his body in gold in return for his dedication to Buddhism. The temple hoped that he will be an inspiration to others who follow the religion.
The treatment given to Hou is reserved for holy men who unselfishly dedicated their lives to Buddhism.
Reports said that Hou began his study of Buddhism at the age of 13, then he continued practicing his faith until he died at the age of 94.
His peers described him as a well-liked man with a kind heart despite having little contact with the outside world. Gou was also considered a wonderful preacher by many in the temple.
The monk decided before his death that he wanted to have his body preserved.
An article by Sam Adams for The Mirror published on April 30 said that the head of the monks in the temple revealed that immediately after Hou’s death in 2012, his body was treated by two mummification experts and placed in a jar.
Upon opening the jar a few months back, he was found still in the sitting position and completely intact, apart from his skin having dried out.
The mummified body was then covered with layers of gauze, lacquer and finally gold leaf. The mummified body, now a golden statue, was put in robe and will be placed in a glass case.
It is believed in the region that only a truly virtuous Buddhist will remain intact after death.
“Monk Fu Hou is now being placed on the mountain for people to worship,” said Li Ren, the head of the monks.