Powerful Woman: Xin Zhui, a Thousand -Year -Old “Beautiful” Mummy from Ancient China Page all


KOMPAS.com – Xin Zhui was the daughter of a wealthy ancient Chinese aristocrat from the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), and married a noble son as well, named Li Cheng.

Xin is also known as Lady Dai because Li Cheng was a ruler in the Dai region of what is now Changsha, during the Han Dynasty.

Xin Zhui, an important member of the powerful “Xin” clan, who gave birth to an heir son, but his historical record is unknown.

This female aristocrat from the Han Dynasty has a stature of 158 cm, whose life is full of power and has the best facilities of her time.

Quotes Lady Dai 101, this aristocratic woman is like a star in the Dai region, who loves banquets to the accompaniment of orchestral music, fragrances, and exceptional service generally for the upper class.

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He has a life history of pampering the tongue with luxurious foods at that time, such as goose meat, pheasants, and dogs.

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The food is sumptuous, but not healthy. He is also a lazy man, doesn’t move much.

He has a history of sitting for long periods of time, which he is believed to be doing while enjoying the music he enjoys.

This empowered woman with an abundance of wealth experiences health complications, namely obesity, high blood pressure, coronary arteries that are almost completely covered in fat, high cholesterol, diabetes, gallstones, and liver disease.

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These illnesses seemed to be treated with herbs, but they couldn’t cure the ill effects of the Han Dynasty female noble’s unhealthy lifestyle.

Lady Dai died in her 50s, due to a sudden heart attack. He is said to be the first human to be diagnosed with heart disease in ancient times.

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Mumi Xin Zhui

Via All Thats Interesting Mumi Xin Zhui. [Via All Thats Interesting]

In 1971, in the hills of Mawangdui, near the Chinese city of Changsha, a 2,200-year-old tomb of Li Cheng and Xin Zhui was discovered, along with a number of gold and silver statues, jewelery and fine silk clothing.

The most interesting of the findings was that Xin Zhui’s body was found in a “beautiful” condition, well-preserved.

His skin was soft and supple, his hair and organs intact. The skin, joints, and muscles are still flexible.

There was even blood in his veins. However, the ancient Chinese aristocrat’s face was in a very swollen state and turned strange.

The condition of Xin Zhui’s body differs greatly from that of the preserved Egyptian mummies, whose bodies were drained of all fluids and dried their tissues with salt, before being wrapped in cloth and buried.

Quotes History Daily, Xin Zhui may be preserved by immersing it in some kind of acidic liquid which inhibits bacterial growth and prevents decomposition.

Traces of mercury were also found in the skin. His body was then tightly wrapped in 22 layers of silk tapestries, and placed in a series of 4 beautiful coffins covered with lacquered tree sap to create a durable wooden coffin.

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The coffin was protected in an extraordinary tomb almost 3m high, 6m long and 6m wide. The tomb is buried 12m underground.

Around the cemetery was filled with 5 tons of charcoal and the coffin was wrapped in a one -meter -thick white clay known as kaolin.

Archaeologists believe that this method keeps water and air from entering, which would cause decay.

The burial chamber of the female noblewoman of the Han Dynasty was then filled with 15m of earth.

Meanwhile, the ancient Chinese manuscript “Long Lost Elixir” which details the stages of embalming Lady Dai’s body to keep her skin and organs “beautiful” is preserved.

After being bathed and wrapped in silk cloth, Lady Dai’s coffin was poured into a special potion.

Lady Dai’s mummy when found floating above 76 liters of a reddish-brown rum-like liquid. Many scientists regard the liquid as “a long-lost panacea for preserving human flesh”.

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Upon further chemical analysis, the coffin fluid was found to be acidic with traces of cinnabar, mercury sulfate or ancient Chinese medicine, widely known as the elixir of eternal life consumed by Qin Shi Huang.

Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221 – 206 BC) to unify mainland China, by conquering 6 other countries at that time.

Overall the researchers of the Lady Dai mummy spent 4 decades analyzing and interpreting Xin Zhui’s intact corpse.

Through forensic analysis and x-rays, cardiologists compile the last breathing moments of the ancient Chinese female aristocrat who lived a prosperous life until her late 50s.

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Quotes All Thats Interesting, a few minutes before the heart attack and died, Lady Dai devoured a melon in a hurry found 138 undigested melon seeds in his stomach and intestines.

Grains such as melons usually take 1 hour to digest, it can be assumed that melon is the last meal,

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