Lifeless leaders and mummified men are still in good shapes. So, how were they preserved from decaying? Does the mummification continue to be somewhat of a mystery. Let’s explore the preservation of the world’s fascinating corpses.
Sister Marie Bernard died in 1879 at the age of 35. After 30 undisturbed in the tomb, her body was exhumed for examination three times. The body was in a state of perfect preservation.
St Bernadette - Nevers, France
In Moscow’s Red Square is Lenin’s Mausoleum. He was not taken off to a subtle grave after his death. The body was well-preserved by clever embalming and injections of mysterious 'balsam'.
Lenin - Moscow, Russia
Inside the mask of glorious gold lies Ancient Egypt’s most famous body. The inner coffin is very impressive, with 110kg of pure gold.
The examination of the Tollund Man disclosed that this adult male was well-preserved. He is believed to be the most well-preserved body from pre-historic times in the world.
His hands and arms were nearly skeletonized. However, the head was well-preserved. The hair was covered by crafted leather cap. The body’s hips were tied with a belt which was made of thin pieces of leather.
Juanita was discovered on the summit of Mount Amptato in 1995. The Ice Maiden was preserved by freezing temperatures and high altitude.
Up to 150 corpses were deposited in the Capuchin Monastery before the 18th century. The desiccated cadavers include abbots, 18th-century monks, and local notables.
It is ideal to preserve bodies in the well-aired catacomb.
The embalmed body of president Ho Chi Minh, much-loved leader of Vietnam, remains display in a grey-granite mausoleum.
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