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Published 2022-04-05
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World Famous 100+ Year Old Monk Dead. His Granddaughter Didn't Show Him Respect?

TikTok allows various people from all walks of life and from all over the world to go viral. Some of them catch the attention of the masses and the media for negative things such as doing something that did not sit well with people, or saying something horrible. Other people can go viral for their humor, sharing some knowledge, pranks, dancing…anything else you can think of really. But one unlikely person that had gone viral and became somewhat of a sensation on the app was a 100+-year-old Buddhist monk. However, recently fans were met with some sad news as his granddaughter revealed that he had passed away. But who exactly was the monk? And just why did he get famous? Read on until the end to find out!

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Why Did He Go Viral?

It was at the start of February 2022 that videos of the monk had started going viral all because a rumor started circling around the platform stating that he was a staggering 163-years-old. Many experts had stated that this was something that was not scientifically possible for someone to live to that age. According to verified reports, the oldest person whose age has been verified has been Jeanne Calment (1875-1997) who was from France and lived to the age of 122 years and 164 days. So just how old is the man? Read on to find out.

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Who Was The Man?

In reality, the viral Buddhist monk was Luang Pho Yai who was from Thailand and lived to the impressive age of 109. The videos of the man had first started appearing on TikTok in January 2022 after his granddaughter began posting them to document his recovery after the man was taken to hospital after falling and breaking his hip bone, according to a report from the Tab. As of the writing of this article, the account follower count is at 1.7 million. His granddaughter would also call him Luang Ta in the captions, though it is unclear whether this was his real name or a nickname.

A Viral Sensation

The extremely frail man was often seen wearing traditional orange monk robes in all the videos. They had all gone extremely viral generating millions of views. One of their videos with the most views (120.9M) featured him in a hospital bed with his hands on a young girl’s head. Some media sites had cited the child to be his great-granddaughter, as she has also been featured in several other TikToks. However, that had not been confirmed.

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Mistaken For Another Monk

When reporting on the man some were mistaking him for a Buddhist monk called Ajahn Maha Bua, who was also known as Luang Ta. Though the man on TikTok should not be confused with Bua as they are two different men. Ajahn was also a Thai Buddhist monk and he was one of the most famous teachers of the Thai Forest Tradition. This well-known educator was born in 1913 and died in 2011 aged 102.

Hate Directed At The Monk

Of course, not every single person online is always courteous and think before they speak which meant that there were many negative comments directed toward the man and his appearance. Many were commenting on his age by making “jokes” such as saying that he had lived longer than dinosaurs and that he was the inventor of terms and conditions. Some tried to defend such humor by saying it was a “gen-z” kind of humor though most users thought such comments were not necessary no matter whether they were a joke or not.

Was He Entering Mummification While Alive?

One of the most frequent questions that kept reoccurring on their profile was whether Yai was in the process of Sokushinbutsu. For those of you who might have never heard of this process before, it is a Japanese term that refers to the practice of Buddhist monks who observe asceticism to the point of death, essentially entering the process of mummification while still alive. His granddaughter had revealed that no, this was not what he was doing and asked people to be respectful when talking about her grandfather.

The Monk Has Passed Away

Though sadly his fame on the video streaming platform was short-lived as his granddaughter had announced that he had passed away on March 22nd. At first, the video where she shared the announcement, as well as another one where someone was trying to revive him, were deleted, it was several days later that his granddaughter had shared another one confirming the news while talking about his funeral plans. In the days following his death, the woman had been sharing many clips of the funeral rites and people had been paying their respects in the comments. Though some people had called what she had been doing inappropriate and disrespectful, especially after she had shared a video of his ashes, where remains of his bones were still visible, she was seen moving around with a stick. Another thing that irked people was the fact that even after his death, she was sharing photos of his body.

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