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The mystery when excavating the tomb of eunuch Ly Lien Anh

Ly Lien Anh (1848 – 1911) was a great eunuch of the Qing Dynasty who lived in the Forbidden City during the 4 reigns of Kings Ham Phong, Dong Tri, Quang Tu and Pho Nghi. He was a trusted courtier, right-hand man of Empress Dowager Cixi – the most powerful woman in China at that time. The life of this famous eunuch is also full of mysterious and thrilling stories that make posterity controversial.

The eunuch is recorded by history books as a person with a polished appearance, intelligent and very mouthy. Therefore, he became the Queen Mother’s confidant and was specially appointed by her to be a first-class official, succeeding from being a servant to becoming the most powerful figure in the palace at that time.

Excavating the tomb of Tu Hi's trusted eunuch, the expert panicked because of the unprecedented haunting scene, opening the most puzzling death mystery of all time - Photo 1.

Portrait of Ly Lien Anh – Cixi Thai’s close right-hand man

After the owner died in 1908, Ly Lien Anh also lost his position, had to leave the palace and live in hiding. With the huge fortune earned while serving Cixi, the eunuch was more than able to enjoy the rest of his lavish days. But not long after, only 3 years later, Ly Lien Anh passed away quietly, aged 63.

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Although he was a eunuch, Ly Lien Anh also held great power at the end of the Qing dynasty

In 1966, the tomb of the great eunuch Li Lien Anh was located on the campus of a school in Hai Dien district, Beijing. His tomb was built on a grandeur and grandeur on a land of about 20 acres, the size of which is no less than that of the royal family. The top Chinese archaeologists at that time had to spend a week carefully exploring and excavating the tomb.

Excavating the tomb of Tu Hi's trusted eunuch, the expert panicked because of the unprecedented haunting scene, opening the most confusing death mystery of all time - Photo 3.

The superficial tomb was built according to the standards of the royal people

The most famous eunuch of the Qing Dynasty rested in a purple-red coffin, painted with gold and vermilion, placed on a support made of jade, looking at it, it was clear that the person’s position was not trivial.

Excavating the tomb of Tu Hi's trusted eunuch, the expert panicked because of an unprecedented haunting scene, opening the most puzzling death mystery of all time - Photo 4.

Inside the solid marble tomb

At the moment of opening the coffin lid, archaeologists were extremely surprised and trembled at the scene inside: Ly Lien Anh’s coffin had only one intact skull, but no remains were found. in the lower body. A member of the excavation team at the time said that the deceased eunuch’s skull had high cheekbones, a slightly raised mouth, and was covered with a layer of skin on top.

From the time of his death to the excavation of the grave, it took only 55 years for Ly Lien Anh. As a rule of thumb, there is no reason why the remains could decompose so quickly, and if they did, the head would have to rot as well.

In addition, the state of the mausoleum does not show many signs of being visited and destroyed by tomb robbers. The tomb where Ly Lien Anh’s incomplete body was located is still tightly closed, and the coffin has not been damaged or opened. It is important to be buried with the eunuch that many extremely valuable jewels are still lying in the coffin.

Excavating the tomb of Tu Xi's trusted eunuch, the expert panicked because of the unprecedented haunting scene, opening the most puzzling death mystery of all time - Photo 5.

The jade ring in Ly Lien Anh’s grave – 1 of more than 50 treasures unearthed

So in the end, why did Ly Lien Anh’s body only have a head but no body remains? Chinese historians have put forward many theories to explain this question.

The first theory is that because during his life serving Empress Dowager, Ly Lien Anh made enmity with many people. So when he died, many old enemies came to his tomb to “vent their anger”, making him unable to rest in the afterlife. Therefore, these people are not interested in stealing the treasures in the tomb.

There are also rumors that it is Ly Lien Anh who is the “mastermind” behind everything. It was he who actively made a fake grave to distract public opinion, avoid retaliation by the enemy, and torment his body after his death. Maybe somewhere, most likely in his hometown, there is another tomb, the real one, burying the remains of Ly Lien Anh.

Excavating the tomb of Tu Xi's trusted eunuch, the expert panicked because of the unprecedented haunting scene, opening the most confusing death mystery of all time - Photo 6.

Many thrilling theories have been put forward to explain the eunuch’s bodyless remains

According to information from relatives – an adopted nephew of Ly Lien Anh named Ly Tuong Ngo, his grandfather passed away from dysentery. After leaving the palace with the reason of “retirement”, Ly Lien Anh smoked opium for a long time. Leaving the Forbidden City, losing all power, becoming a loser and always fearing revenge, he often felt sad, mentally empty, so the amount of opium was increasing every day. In January 1911, just three years after his retirement, Ly Lien Anh passed away. Because his body had been severely damaged by opium, the state of decomposition was so severe that there were no such bones left.

Either way, posterity can only speculate about Ly Lien Anh’s mysterious death. The truth may one day be revealed in the future, or it may remain forever in the dark of history.

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