The Incorruptibles

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Recently, my Catholic friend told me about the Incorruptibles and I looked it up.
Incorruptibles

Specimens of preserved human bodies or “mummies” have been discovered throughout the centuries, some even from before the Egyptian Pharaoh times when the art of embalming originated. Many of these preserved bodies have survived decomposition for as many as 3000 years. Of all preserved bodies that have been discovered over the centuries, each fall into one of three categories:

1. Accidentally preserved – These type of preserved bodies were determined to be naturally preserved due to accidental means such as having been buried in dry, hot sand, or lava, or having been placed in an area with high radioactivity. As long as air or moisture did not reach these bodies, they can many times be preserved from significant, but not total decay. However, when accidentally preserved bodies are discovered, they are typically discolored, wrinkled, distorted, are skeletal looking and have no elasticity. In addition they always have a bad odor and always decay rapidly once bandaging is removed for scientific examination.

2. Deliberately preserved – Deliberately preserved corpses are those that were purposely embalmed or otherwise treated before burial with the intention of trying to naturally prevent decomposition. As long as air or moisture did not reach these bodies, they can many times be preserved from significant, but not total decay. In most older cases of deliberately preserved human bodies discovered, the body cavities were filled with specific materials like resin or resin-soaked sawdust, or the entire body was submerged in specific materials such as honey, rum, or sand. In more modern methods of attempting to prevent corpse decomposition, the body was typically submerged or filled with resin, tar, salt, alcohol, or a combination of these. Again, when deliberately preserved bodies are discovered, like accidentally preserved bodies, they are typically discolored, wrinkled, distorted, are skeletal looking and have no elasticity. In addition they always have a bad odor and always decay rapidly once bandaging is removed for scientific examination.

3. Incorruptibles – These type of preserved bodies started being discovered back in the early centuries after Christ, though surprisingly, they do not fall into either the accidental or deliberate natural preservation categories above. The causes for “incorruptibles” remaining free of decomposition have baffled scientists to this day. These bodies are discovered in many different environments, including environments that would typically cause an accidental or deliberately preserved corpse to decompose rapidly. They remain free of decay regardless of manner of burial, delay in burial, temperature, moisture, rough handling, frequent transference, having been covered in quicklime (a decaying agent), or proximity to other decaying corpses. They cannot be explained by science or reason. Some common characteristics of an incorrupt body:

Incorruptibles are typically found lifelike, moist, flexible, and contain a sweet scent that many say smells like roses or other flowers, for years after death.
Incorruptibles are almost never embalmed or treated in any way due to the religious order’s beliefs that the person came from.
Incorruptibles remain free of decay, some for centuries, despite circumstances which normally cause decay such as being exposed to air, moisture, other decaying bodies, or other variables such as quicklime, which is typically applied to a corpse to accelerate decomposition.
Incorruptibles many times contain clear, flowing oils, perspiration, and flowing blood for years after death, where accidental or deliberately preserved bodies have never been recorded to have such characteristics.
Other partial incorruptibles have been found throughout the centuries where certain parts of the body decay normally, while other parts such as the heart or tongue remain perfectly free of decomposition.


What is most astounding of all is the fact that for each incorrupt body discovered, after research has been done to determine who the person was, it has always been determined that the person was an extremely devout Catholic. This inevitably leads to the question, How can the process of decay, which has no intelligence, choose which bodies to devour and not to devour, and why do they happen to be devout Catholics? (For claims of incorrupt Orthodox Christians, we could not find proof for them during our research. Please see our page on the subject here.) There is no other way to describe this phenomena than to state that it is supernatural rather than natural, and that it is simply miraculous.

http://jaynesamissionary.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/incorruptables-list/

My friend also says they have been recorded to show movement- eyes opening and closing, moving hands,turning heads etc.

So opinions on if this is plausible or not, if so how can it besides just faith? Ideas, Scientifically, Conspiracy etc.


Ideas of my own. Obviously advertisement for Catholicism. Not sure if it is real but if wood frogs can freeze and thaw out to come back to life. I am not completing discounting it yet.
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by Yann
Essentially, it's a load o' baloney. For example, the most famous "incorruptible," Saint Bernadette, is nothing more than a moldy mummy - the pretty face and hands you see in the pictures are actually made of wax.

More on it here.
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Thanks. :) That makes complete sense. I don't think my Catholic friend is going to be too happy.

Brings another question, what would be a way for body be undecomposable? I mean in the way they describe without preservation.
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by rabana
it isn't only catholics. they aren't the only saints. this happens to yogis also and probably others.
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Incorruptables = Vampires. Beware.
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by tmt
rabana is correct, this is not a phenomena associated strictly with Catholicism or even Christianity. It is fascinating, what I have read about it. Thanks for sharing this, AvariClover :)
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Meh. I don't really care who it happens to. XD It happens!


[QUOTE=Indigo Dog;686107]Incorruptables = Vampires. Beware.[/QUOTE]


Like in Claymore right? ^.^ But more flesh eating demons than vampires.
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