Dead bodies are supposed to decompose once they are buried into the earth, unless specific embalming techniques or mummification process is performed on them. Yet, nature sometimes plays a trick on us and somehow manages to keep ages old dead bodies in pristine condition for all to wonder. Here are 5 such instances where the deadbodies just refused to rot.
1. St. Catherine Laboure
Catherine Laboure was a pious lady in early 19th century France . She claimed to have been visited by virgin Mary a number of times and soon people started to believe her visions around the world and even started to wear medallions in her honor. When she passed away in 1876, she was buried according to Christian rituals. When her body was exhumed in 1933 to complete her sainthood, excavators were shocked to find her body not only not decomposed, but in perfect condition. It was as if she had died only hours earlier. The body is kept in public display in Paris.
2. Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov
A Buddhist lama from Russia, Dashi-Dorzho died in 1927. He had instructed other lamas to begin for the funeral as he passed away in th lotus position while meditating. He was buried in that position and was exhumed after many years according to his instructions. It was found that his body was not decomposed at all and scientists say it looks like the body of a person who died a mere 36 hours before.
3. La Doncella
La Doncella was an Incan girl who was killed as a sacrifice ritual 500 years ago. Her body was discovered in 1999 and it was in such good condition that doctors were able to find the cause of her death and also found that she was given sedatives for two months before the ritual to prepare her for the sacrifice. Her age at the time of death was only 15.
4. St Bernadette of Lourdes
Bernadette Soubirous was born in Lourdes, Spain and she reported visions of apparition of a lady in 1858. Roman Catholic Church accepted her in their ranks. As she passed away in 1879, she was given Christian burial. After she was exhumed for sainthood, she was found to be incorruptible. Her shrine still attracts thousands of visitors.
5. Lady Xin Zhui
Lady Xin Zhui was the wife of a Chinese nobleman and passed away in 163 BCE. When she was dug up in 1971, after 2000 years, the tissues of her body were still soft and joints could still be moved.