It is the ambition of many teenagers to live long, but YouTube clips of an old man have made many reconsidering their ideas on old age.
The old man named Luang Pho Yai earned celebrity status on social media app TikTok after his granddaughter began posting videos of him around November 2021, Snopes writes.
Owing to his thinned skin and visible skeleton frame look, netizens have tried to guess his age with some making jokes about how he must have been around during Queen Elizabeth’s birth and Bible times.
Luang’s granddaughter reveals his real age
His granddaughter with the username @Auyary13 states that her grandpa is actually 109 years old.
She however didn’t clarify if his looks are a result of him practicing Sokushinbutsu – a term that refers to self-mummification, a practice among Japanese monks that reportedly first occurred between 1081 and 1903.
His grandaughter’s consistent uploads of videos of him which usually receive millions of views have seen her amass over a million followers on the platform.
Watch the videos below:
Social media reacts
“Hian, this is too much I mean she looks horrible.”
“Just 109 then she’s looking this way? I think she might have been very sick, not just the age.”
“Scaring…..but I don’t pray to reach like her ooh.
“She is suffering and suffering her children too.”
“I’m sure these are the people in the olden days that they use to dry in the sun.”
“No way oo! I reject this type of old age look for myself.”