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Xin Zhui – The Dead or Alive 2,100-Year-Old Lady

The mummy of Lady Xin Zhui has proved to the world that the best-preserved body has really come from China.

The mystery of The Lady of Dai mummy
  • Xin Zhui, a 2,100-year-old Chinese Woman, is the best-preserved corpse in the World.
  • For now, Lady Xin Zhui’s unimaginable preservation process remains a mystery.
  • Although the Egyptian’s are well-known for their mummies, the Chinese are the most successful at it.

Lady Xin Zhui, also known as Marquise of Dai or Lady Dai, died around 178 BC in her 50 years near the city of Changsha in China. Xin Zhui achieved popularity more than 2,100 years after her death. In 1971, her tomb was found inside a hill known as Mawangdui, in China. She was discovered more than fifty feet below the earth.

The Lady of Dai photo via Hunan Provincial Museum
The Lady of Dai photo via Hunan Provincial Museum

Her body was firmly wrapped in 22 silk and hemp dresses and 9 silk ribbons. She was laid out in 4 coffins, each inside the other. More than 1,000 precious goods like bizarre delicacies, fine fabrics, hundreds of silk garments, toiletries, makeup, 182 of pieces lacquer ware were found in the burial chamber. Moreover, 162 sculpted wooden figures were found with the coffins that represented the largest group of attendants.

Artistic reconstruction of Xin Zhui photo by Flazaza via Wikipedia CC
Artistic reconstruction of Xin Zhui photo By Flazaza – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 CC

She was found as if recently died. Her hair, skin, and limbs are still much like a living person. Her skin is soft to touch and her ligaments still bend. She still has her own hair and Type-A blood found red in her veins. Surprisingly, the residue of her last meal was in her stomach. Her internal organ, including her brain, was found completely intact. In all, the status of the body is like that dissection was performed.

Well-preserved mummy of Lady Xin Zhui
Well-preserved mummy of Lady Xin Zhui

The autopsy has brought many facts to the light about her life. Firstly, she was suffering from obesity at the time of death. Secondly, she also suffered from various physical sickness like lower back pain, clogged arteries, and parasites. Finally, she had a badly damaged heart, which was an indication of heart disease caused by overweight.

The Lacquer coffin inside which Lady Dai’s remains were found. Photo credit: Wikimedia
The Lacquer coffin inside which Lady Dai’s remains were found. Photo credit: Wikimedia

Lady Xin Zhui is one of the best-preserved mummy in the world ever found in terms of physical appearance as well as in the uncomplicated integrity of the body.

The mystery of The Lady of Dai mummy
The mystery of The Lady of Dai mummy

The mummy of  Lady Xin Zhui has proved to the world that the best-preserved body has really come from China. Scientists around the world are still astonished how this unimaginable level of preservation was carried out.

Studying the body of Lady Dai photo via Hunan Provincial Museum
Studying the body of Lady Dai photo via Hunan Provincial Museum

The well-preserved body of Lady Dai now rests in the Hunan Provincial Museum, where the mummy can still be visited.

Source: all-that-is-interesting

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Written by Markus Castro

A cat person by day and a writer by night. He loves to travel to his favorite destinations in Southeast Asia.

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