The saying “Men get old like fine wine, women like sour milk” led to bad moods in the waltz for a number of years. But for Lady Dai from China, the pipe took on a different sound:
There, the wife is at home much better than the husband’s age.
“Sleeping Beauty in China”
Lady Dai is a 2,100-year-old mummy that has taken the world by storm since its discovery in the 1960s.
The exceptionally well-preserved mummy is called the “Sleeping Beauty of China,” and has become a major hit for spectacle seekers around the world.
Every week, a lot of curious people visit the Hunan Provincial Museum in China to have a look.
But even if Dai looked fine for her age, a closer examination shows that the noblewoman lived a generous life – which affected her health.
Shen Zhui, or Lady Dai, was the wife of Li Chang, the Marquis of Dai, who lived during the Han Dynasty – a Chinese dynasty that ruled from 206 BC. to 220 maybe
He writes Ancient Origins Journal.
Dai’s tomb was accidentally discovered by some construction workers in the 1960s near Changsha in China. With the help of hundreds of school children, archaeologists excavated the site in the early 1970s. As many as three graves dedicated to the family have been found along the road.
When Dai’s coffin was opened, a shock wave swept over everyone:
On top of the coffin, along with thousands of objects of the ancient Han Dynasty, delicate silk fabrics and herbal medicines, the ancient mummy was placed in very good condition.
– A researcher said after the discovery, not a single eyelash was missing and there was still blood in the veins, According to the National Library of Medicine.
The second tomb housed Li Chang himself, and the last one contained the body of a younger man believed to be their son or Dai’s brother.
In contrast to Dai’s remarkably well-preserved body, the ravages of time had taken a toll on both Li Kang and the young man.
Determine the cause of death
Many theories abounded as to how the remains of Dai survived so well for so long.
The fact that the veins were still filled with congealed blood and that all of the internal organs were intact has baffled experts and archaeologists around the world for a number of years.
In 2003, Day’s body was carefully examined in the Xiang Ya Zhong Nan University Medical College.
It was found there that Dai was wrapped in eighteen layers of silk and linen garments, and was found in a cocoon of sorts in the core of four lacquered coffins. This must have protected her well against external forces that could break the remains.
Chinese researchers also performed a thorough autopsy on Dai’s body. It showed that she lived to be about 50 years old and had many underlying diseases.
– Dai was overweight, lazy and suffering from diabetes, the researchers claimed this time.
They also found that she died of a heart attack shortly after eating the watermelon. During the autopsy, more than a hundred watermelon seeds were found in the esophagus, stomach, and intestines.
Today, Lady Dai is housed in the Hunan Provincial Museum along with a pair of glass jars where the organs are preserved.
According to the science site IFL Science It is said that some believe Dai’s body brings good luck and longevity, and that they visit the mummy in the hope that it will be preserved like the woman of the ancient dynasty.
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