Published On: Tue, Jul 5th, 2016

Ancient Shrine That May Hold Buddha’s Skull Bone Found in Crypt

Buddha A skull bone of the Buddha was found inside this gold casket,   which was stored in a silver casket within the stupa model,   found in a crypt beneath a Buddhist temple. Credit Photo courtesy of Chinese Cultural Relics

 

Archaeologists have discovered what may be a skull bone from the revered Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. The bone was hidden inside a model of a stupa, or a Buddhist shrine used for meditation.

The research team found the 1, 000-year-old model within a stone chest in a crypt beneath a Buddhist temple in Nanjing, China. Inside the stupa model archaeologists found the remains of Buddhist saints, including a parietal (skull) bone that inscriptions say belonged to the Buddha himself.

The model is made of sandalwood, silver and gold, and is covered with gemstones made of crystal, glass, agate and lapis lazuli, a team of archaeologists reported in an article published in the journal Chinese Cultural Relics.

Read the full story at SKY News, by Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor

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