The golden mummy: Incredible pictures show the perfectly preserved gilded body of 1,000-year-old Buddhist Master Ci Xian

The mummified body of a Buddhist Master from 1,000 years ago still has healthy bones and a complete brain, a CT scan has revealed.

The discovery was made last week after the gilded remains of Master Ci Xian was given a medical check at the Dinghui Temple in Wu’an, northern China‘s Hebei Province.

Master Ci Xian was said to be a respected monk who had travelled from ancient India to ancient China to promote Buddhism.

The preserved body of Buddhist Master Ci Xian underwent a CT scan last week in China

The preserved body of Buddhist Master Ci Xian underwent a CT scan last week in China

Master Ci Xian's body was gilded last year. Pictured, the mummified monk had not been gilded

The mummified monk is kept at the Dinghui Temple in Wu'an

Master Ci Xian's remains were found in a cave in the 1970s. It has been kept at the Dinghui Temple since 2011. The temple decided to add a golden layer to the remains to show its respect

The respected monk's remains were varnished before being gilded at the Dinghui Temple

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