Ming Mummy

While doing some road work related construction in China, workers discovered a fully dressed, 5-foot-long body buried with luxury items, including a jade ring, a silver hairpin, and more than 20 pieces of Ming-dynasty clothing.

In ancient China, it was believed that the newly dead would appear before supernatural judges.

"If you were found to be morally worthy," explains Timothy Brook, a historian at the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian Research, "you would be sent off for reincarnation—as a deity if you were fantastic, as a human being if you were good, as an animal if you were less good, and as a bug or a worm if you'd been really bad."


1 comment:

  1. You'll get this jade ringer off my finger over my dead... oh, never mind.