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A fragment of Buddha’s skull found in one of the temples of China

Фрагмент черепа Будды нашли в одном из храмов КитаяThe relic was kept inside the five chests.

Chinese archaeologists have discovered a fragment of skull, which probably belonged to the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama).

The bone was hidden inside the Golden casket, the inside silver. They were kept inside a small copy of the stupa.

The researchers found the stupa, which is about a thousand years in a tomb underneath a Buddhist temple in Nanjing (Eastern China). The artifact with a height of 117 cm and a width of 45 was kept in a metal box, and that — in a stone chest. In addition to the bones of the skull, the gold casket contained three crystal glass and silver box with the relics of other Buddhist saints.

Model of a stupa made of silver, gold and sandalwood and decorated with precious stones. Judging by the engraved hieroglyphics, it was created under Emperor Zhen czone the song dynasty (reigned 997-1022). Also in the inscriptions mention the donors who contributed to the construction of the artifact.

On the stone chest, the researchers found a story about the emergence of the parietal bone of the Buddha in China. It was reported that when Siddhartha entered Nirvana, his body was burned at the stake at the river, Hiranyavati. The then ruler of India, Ashoka decided to preserve the remains, and divided them into 84 pieces, 19 of which were in China.

Parietal bone was stored in one of the temples, which were destroyed during the war through 1400 years. Emperor Zhen Zong volunteered to restore it. Buddhist monks dug up a bone and relics of other saints and reburied them on 21 July 1011 during the ceremony. About the authenticity of the remains of Buddha Chinese sources do not report.

In 2015, Dutch scientists have found a mummy of a monk in the Buddhist statues of XI-XII centuries during computed tomography. According to the Buddhist Eric brain (Erik Bruijn), it belongs to the master Luzhuang, well-known representative of the school of Chan Buddhism.

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