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|Kanji in this term|
- ミイラ (a more common modern spelling)
|simpl. and trad.|
- Tao Zongyi (Ming Dynasty), "Chuogenglu - Record after retiring from plowing", Chapter "Mummies": "There were men 70 to 80 years of age in Arabia (?) willing to give their bodies to save others. They never ate or drink, only bathed and partook of honey. After a month, their excrement (urine and faeces) consisted of honey only. After they died, their fellow men would place them in stone coffins full of honey in which they macerated. The year and month of deaths were engraved on the coffins and the coffins were buried. After a hundred years the coffins were reopened - a confection of honey had formed. Colloquially people called these 'mellified men', in their native tongue 'mu-nai-yi'."
See also "Mellified men" on Wikipedia.
木乃伊 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin mùnǎiyī)