Best Preserved Bodies in the World
Somehow humans have always sought it wise to preserve the bodies of exceptional personalities or cases through mummification to establish a significant impact on mankind. Mummification is an age-old process that has created astonishing results and produced preserved dead bodies showcasing extraordinary posthumous details of physical features. Check out the following 15 preserved dead bodies you won’t believe are not breathing:
1. Eva Peron (1919-1952)
Eva Peron was one of the most beloved ladies of the 20th century in Argentina who was the wife to the then Argentinean President, Juan Peros. The body preserving process was done by replacing the blood and water weight of the body with glycerin.
2. La Doncella (estimated death between 1450 and 1480)
Over 500 years ago, La Doncella with her two other children was left to die to freeze as an offering to the sun god in Mount Llullaillaco. The 15-year-old was sitting cross-legged as she died of the cold and heavy sleep induced by the chicha and coca leaves.
3. Dashi Dorzho Itigilov (1852-1927)
The lotus posture preserved body of Dashi Dorzho Itigilov was buried in the same pose as per the Russian Buddhist monk’s wish. In 1927 his body was buried and in 1955 when other monks exhumed his body, he was found to be incorrupt.
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4. Tollund Man (390-350 BCE)
In the Danish Jutland Peninsula, a few peat farmers discovered the body of a man in the bog back in 1950. Researchers at first thought that the body was a recent murder victim, yet after an autopsy, it was found that it belonged from the Pre-Iron age.
5. The Tattooed Ukok Princess (5th century AD)
The mummification of this princess is noteworthy mainly because of the intricate tattoo prominent on the mummified skin. This 2,500-year-old body is known to be a member of the Pazyryk tribe, according to the researchers.
6. St. Bernadette (1844 – 1879)
St. Bernadette was born a miller’s daughter in Lourdes, France, and died of tuberculosis at the age of 35 in 1879. When her body was exhumed in 1909, it was found incorrupt. Moulds were taken of Bernadette’s face and hands and wax casts were made out of them.
7. The Beauty of Xiaohe (3,800 years ago)
Even after four millennia, the beauty of Xiaohe succeeded in preserving her eyelashes, hair and skin. The body was excavated from China’s Xiaohe Mudi Graveyards along with several other mummies. The woman’s preserved natural beauty stood out as the best sample among several others in Xinjiang.
8. George Mallory (1886 – 1924)
One of the history’s lost pioneers, George Mallory, is one of the persons along with Andrew Irvin who made it to the top of Everest. The body lies face down on the icy Everest slopes. A 1999 expedition found the preserved body of Mallory on the slopes.
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9. The Grauballe Man (3rd century BCE)
The stark red hair and the exquisitely detailed facial features of the Grauballe man are what makes the mummy extraordinary. An autopsy showed that his still-intact liver was 2,000 years old and that the death of the person was out of a sacrificial ritual.
10. King Tutankhamun (1341 BC- 1323 BCE)
Tutankhamun, the ancient Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Tombs.Since the Egyptians believed in anafterlife, they resorted to mummification and preservation of dead bodies.
11. Rosalia Lombardo (1918 – 1920)
Catacombs of the Capuchin Monks in Sicily shelters the preserved body of Rosalia Lombardo who died at the age of 2 out of pneumonia. Embalmer Alfredo Salafia preserved the child’s body with a mixture of chemicals including formalin, zinc salts and others.
12. Vladimir Lenin (1870 – 1924)
Lenin’s body underwent a highly complex process of embalmment as he was the first person whose body was to be attempted for mummification after several generations.
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13. John Torrington (1825 – 1846)
The body of John Torrington was found frozen for over 150 years when the scientist exhumed his body in 1980 to find the cause of his expedition’s failure. The man died at the age of 22 out of lead poisoning.
14. The Cherchen Man (1000 BCE)
The Caucasian man’s body was found in China whose DNA testing led to the fact that he was indeed of European descent. The mummy is 3,000 years old and was found wearing baffling woollen clothes.
15. Ramesses The Great (1303-1213 BCE)
The Egyptian pharaoh of the 20th dynasty was well-preserved with the use of complex treatments. Scholars and researchers still debate on the incident leading to his death.
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