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Christian Friedrich von Kahlbutz

According to local legend, “Knight Kalebuz,” as he was known, frequently exercised the right of droit du seigneur. He had eleven children of his own and at least thirty other illegitimate children. While exercising this “right” in July 1690, he chose the bride of a shepherd from Bückwitz. She refused him and because of the laws governing the right of first night, he murdered the shepherd. Although there were no witnesses, the shepherd’s bride, Maria Leppin, accused Kahlbutz of the murder and took him to court in Dreetz (Brandenburg). As an aristocrat he had special rights and could swear an oath of innocence before the court in order to free himself.

The local populace quickly found an explanation for the Mummy of the Knight of Kahlbutz. They said that it was God’s punishment for the murder of the shepherd. It had been said that Kahlbutz had sworn before the court, "It was not I, otherwise after my death my body will not decay".


CT Scan of 1,000 Year Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Inside

A CT scan and endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort revealed the mummified remains of Liuquan, a Buddhist master. The organs had been removed prior to mummification and researches discovered rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing.

Some practicing Buddhist believe that Liquan is not in-fact dead, but in an advanced state of meditation.



CT Scan Reveals That Statue of the Buddha Is Actually a Mummy

(Photo: M. Elsevier Stokmans)

It looks like a statue of the Buddha. It is, in a way. But inside, there are the mummified remains of a human body. Tradition holds that they are a Buddhist monk who lived around the year 1100 AD. Last year, the statue left China for the first time. The Drents Museum, an art and history museum in Assen, The Netherlands, arranged for it to be viewed through a CT scanning machine.



Mummies in Germany.

More than 1000 mummies are currently stored in German churches - and many of these bodies are surrounded by their very own mysteries. According to one legend, Caroline Louise von Schönberg (see uppermost picture) had to be tied to her coffin because was still alive during her own burial and began knocking onto the lid. In order to avoid further “disturbances”, Caroline’s children, who had already divided up the inheritance, tied her up and had her buried alive. 


Pedro, The Leprechaun Mummy of Wyoming

Found within the San Pedro mountains in Wyoming, this well preserved mummy of a tiny human creature is very fascinationg. The remains found were tested and x-rayed by scientist who believed that the said remains were those of an infant that was most likely born prematurely or died shortly right after birth.

Upon further testing, other scientist rejected that conclusion since they found that the mummy had sharp teeth and the presence of raw meat in its stomach.  They believed Pedro to be anywhere from 16 to 65. The x-rays also suggested that Pedro died a gruesome death due to broken bones, ruined spine and broken skull.

Corpse of 200-Year-Old Monk Found in Lotus Position

The amazingly intact remains of a meditating monk have been discovered in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia, according to a report in Mongolia’s Morning News.

The mummified body, which was covered in animal skin, has been sitting in the lotus position for about 200 years.

According to the report, no information is so far available as to where the body was found.

“The only details we learned was that it was covered with a cattle skin,” the newspaper wrote.

Researchers at the Ulaanbaatar National Centre of Forensic Expertise are now analyzing the remains. Read more.


Japan’s museums and Buddhist temples host many unique oddities that are the the supposed remains of demons, mermaids, and other creatures. One of these oddities is a mummified three-faced demon head found in Zengyoji temple. The story goes that a resident priest discovered the head in the temple in a storage area. The origins of the head remain a mystery. The remains are almost always mysterious in origin, and some have perished with time.


An array of mummified animals from ancient Egypt

Mummified animals are the most abundantly found type of artefact in ancient Egypt: millions have been found. For the wealthy, mummification was occasionally available for pets, but most of these mummified animals were offerings to the gods. Animals associated with deities were frequently mummified in Egypt’s later periods. For example, the cat was associated with Bastet, the crocodile Sobek, and the ibis, Thoth.

The mummification technique used for animals was essentially the same as used for humans, and some of the mummies included a papyrus with a request to a god. The mummies shown this post are of the following animals: a cat (dated to 750-400 BC), snake (664-332 BC), shrew (30 BC-100 AD), dog (305 BC-395 AD, +it’s x-ray), an ibis (30 BC-1st century AD), and a crocodile (1st century AD). 

All artefacts courtesy of & located at the Brooklyn Museum: via their online collections37.1988E37.1358Ea-c14.65305.30814.668.