Xin Zhui, the Lady of Dai was buried for 2,000 years before her tomb was discovered in 1971 near the city of Changsa. The workers who found her was so surprised to see perfectly preserved body. An autopsy was conducted on her body. The findings mentioned that her skin is still supple and her hair are still intact. Her internal organs are still intact and her blood is very much present in her veins. Along with the mummy, rich and precious artifacts were also found in her tomb. The mystery remains what made her body in perfectly preserved state. It’s hard to tell the secret formula to her preservation. It could have been due to the perfectly sealed tomb.
Who is Xin Zhui? She happens to be the wife of ruler of the Han imperial fiefdom of Dai. Like all members of a royal household, she spends her life living a luxurious and extravagant lifestyle. Before her death, she suffered health problem such as parasites, obesity, lower back pain, clogged arteries and heart problem.
I first saw this unusual chinese mummy from National Geographic special. The remarkable thing is that melon seeds in her stomach were very much intact. Most probably she must have been in a huge banquet when she met her doom. While her body parts were perfectly preserved, her face looks like a trainwreck. I wonder what happened to her elaborate clothing or was she buried naked?
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