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Wed Nov 15, 2017, 09:56 PM

Cremated Remains of the 'Buddha' Discovered in Chinese Village

The cremated remains of what an inscription says is the Buddha, also called Siddhārtha Gautama, have been discovered in a box in Jingchuan County, China, along with more than 260 Buddhist statues.

The translated inscription on the box reads: "The monks Yunjiang and Zhiming of the Lotus School, who belonged to the Ma˝juśrī Temple of the Longxing Monastery in Jingzhou Prefecture, gathered more than 2,000 pieces of śarīra [cremated remains of the Buddha],
as well as the Buddha's teeth and bones, and buried them in the Ma˝juśrī Hall of this temple," on June 22, 1013. At the site where the statues and Buddha remains were buried, archaeologists also found the remains of a structure that could be from the Ma˝juśrī Hall.

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The archaeologists did not speculate on whether any of the remains are actually from the Buddha who died around 2,500 years ago. Previous archaeological discoveries in China have also revealed human remains with inscriptions that claim that they belong to the Buddha the archaeologists noted.
These include a skull bone, supposedly from the Buddha, found inside a gold chest in Nanjing.

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