Mummified monk’s remains given to city in Hebei

The remains of a mummified Buddhist master have been donated to the local government in northern China’s Hebei province.
The remains are said to belong to Buddhist master Cixian Sanzang, who lived during the Khitan Empire, or Liao Dynasty (916-1125). From India, he had gone to Khitan to translate sutras.
“Underneath the gold foil and incense ashes of the statue, teeth from the upper jaw, as well as the ribs and the spine, were well preserved, including even the joints,” said Wu Yongqing, a senior orthopedic doctor in Wuan City.
The remains were donated by Dinghui Temple in Huoshui town to Wuan’s Cultural Relics Protection Institute.