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Mellification

In the grand bazaars of twelth century Arabia, it was occassionaly possible if you knew where to look and you had alot of cash and a tote bag you didn't care about to porcure an imte known as a meellified man. The verb "to mellify" comes from the Latin for honey, mel. Mellfiedi men was dead human remains steeped in honey. Its other name was "human mummy confection," though this is misleading, for unlike other honey steeped confections, this one did not get served for dessert. One administered topically, and, I am sorry to say, orally as medicine. The preparation represented an extraodinary effort, both on the part of the confectioners, and more notably, on the part of the ingredients.

.. In Arabia there are men 70 to 80 years old who are willing to give their bodies to save others. The subject does not eat food, he only bathes and partkes of honey. After a month he only excretes honey (the urine and feces are entirely honey) and death follows. His fellow men place him in a stone coffin full of honey in which he macerates. The date is put upon the coffin giving the year and month. After a hundred years the seals are removed. A confection is formed which is used for the treatment of broken and wounded limbs. A small amount taken internally will immediately cure the complaint.



Note, the above is from a book called "the secret life of corpses" -- we searched for information on this subject but eventually concluded that it was simply wrong or based upon less-than-credible sources.

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