I recently started following Kevin Rose’s The Journal. He’s one of my heroes and he’s churning out great content I can highly recommend it.
One such piece of content was linking to this “The Japanese Art of Self-Preservation, damninteresting.com. I’m a great fan of Japanese culture and thoroughly enjoyed visiting earlier this year. Even then it surprised me that mummifying your self slowly over years was an actual real world phenomenon attempted by hundreds of monks. Do your self a favour and give it a listen.