Japanese scientists are searching for the origin of a mummy in the shape of a mermaid which is said to give immortality to those who enjoy its flesh. The creature which is now being kept in a temple in the city of Asakuchi was caught in the Pacific Ocean. The creature has a shaking face, sharp teeth, both hands, hair on head and forehead and it resembles a human also, Wion reported.
The creature has been sent for a CT scan at the veterinary hospital of the Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts. The project was done under the examination of Hiroshi Kinoshita, he is a Japanese natural historian who researched mysterious creatures. He said the creature could have religious significance.
“Japanese mermaids have a legend of immortality. It is said that if you eat the flesh of a mermaid, you will never die,” New York Post quoted Kinoshita as saying. “There is a legend in many parts of Japan that a woman accidentally ate the flesh of a mermaid and lived for 800 years.”
“Old mermaid-like creatures have specialties and will definitely have similarities with that of humans.’ said Hiroshi. “There is a legend in many parts of Japan that a woman accidentally ate the flesh of a mermaid and lived for 800 years.”
He claimed that some people believed in the legend and used to eat the scales of mermaid mummies.”The scientists who are examining the mummy will publish their findings later this year.
The creature was seen in dried form, and it is thought that the creature model was displayed four decades ago. It is also being claimed that the object may have been produced as an item for export to Europe.