Researchers from Japan’s Kurashiki University of Science and Arts set out to uncover the mystery behind a 12-inch creature that found its way into a Japanese temple. Creepy-looking 300-year-old mummy frozen in screams while bringing his hands to his mouth.
There are scales on the lower part of the mummy’s body, but there are also hairs and nails that appear to have come from a human. It is said that believers ate the scales of mummified “mermaids” in the hope of attaining immortality, as the figure It was an object of worship for centuries.
Experts, however, are less impressed with the stories surrounding the “mermaid” and have taken the mummy for a CT scan in an attempt to unravel its mysteries.
Hiroshi Kinoshita, a member of the Okayama Folklore Society who inspired the study, said he believed the animal was created specifically for the purpose of sale. The creature was reportedly caught in the Pacific OceanOff the Japanese island of Shikoku between 1736 and 1741, and is now in a temple in the city of Asakuchi. But Kinoshita’s theory is that it was probably built during the Edo period, an era in Japanese history that spanned from 1603 to 1867.
The mermaid mummy could be a fish-sewing monkey.
The most likely explanation for the 55-year-old woman was The makers sewed the top half of the jumpsuit with a fishtail To create mermaid look. “Of course, I don’t think it’s a real mermaid,” he said. “I think it was made for export to Europe or for show in Japan during the Edo period.”
Kinoshita said: “I believe it is made of live animals and we want to identify them through CT scans or DNA tests. It is a fish with scales on the lower body and a figure with hands and face on the upper body.” Looks like a primate.” ,
The team behind the investigation has not yet announced results, but they were expected to be ready by the end of 2022, History shows that there is a precedent for such constructions. PT Barnum, whose life inspired the 2017 blockbuster The Greatest Showman, had a similar specimen on display at his American Museum in New York before it burned down in 1865. A salmon, it was reportedly caught off the coast of Fiji and later bought from Japanese sailors.
In Japanese folklore, there is a creature called a ningyo, which is described as having a monkey’s mouth with fish teeth and a body covered in golden scales. According to Kinoshita, there is a legend that a woman accidentally ate mermaid flesh and lived for 800 years, and believers have repeated the act throughout Japanese history. Despite many doubting its veracity, Kogen Kuida, the temple’s chief priest, says that followers continue to pray to the fish-like creature.
It was displayed in a glass cabinet about 40 years ago and is now kept in a fireproof vault. Mr Kuida told the Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper: “We have liked it, hoping it will help ease the coronavirus pandemic, even if only slightly.” Folklore also suggested that the appearance of a mermaid represented an ominous warning that an infectious disease was about to spread.
A neatly folded historical letter from 1903, apparently written by a former owner, was stored with the mummy and tells a story about its provenance. The letter reads, “A mermaid was trapped in a fishing net in the sea of Kochi province.”
“The fishermen who caught it didn’t know it was a mermaid, but they took it to Osaka and sold it as a rare fish. My ancestors bought it and kept it as a family treasure.” It is unclear how and when the mummy arrived at the Angevin Temple at Asakuchi.