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Monk’s Body Miraculously Intact 80 Years After Death

An undated photo shows a believer decorating the mummy of Dasha-Dorjo Itighelov, a Siberian Buddhist leader who looks and feels just the same as when he died in 1927 in a temple in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat republic.  (HO/AFP/Getty Images)
An undated photo shows a believer decorating the mummy of Dasha-Dorjo Itighelov, a Siberian Buddhist leader who looks and feels just the same as when he died in 1927 in a temple in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat republic. (HO/AFP/Getty Images)

The body of a Russian Buddhist leader who died 80 years ago is not showing any signs of decay to this day. Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov passed...




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