Internet fans were stunned last week when recordings of a purported 163-year-old guy on TikTok went viral.
Videos of the elderly monk started appearing in January on the profile @auyary13, but by February 2022, they had taken over the internet.
Due to TikTok fans’ fascination with his astounding age, he has garnered a sizable 530,000 followers.
However, not everything you read online should be taken at face value…
Tiktok Is Ruled by A “163-Year-Old Man”
This week, a series of videos featuring a man who is allegedly 163 years old started to surface on everyone’s For You Page.
In the films, a man who resembles a monk is seen laying in a hospital bed in Thailand.
His body is incredibly weak, and rumors that he is engaging in Sokushinbutsu—the practice of turning into a Buddhist mummy—are taking over the app.
Sokushinbutsu is a popular practice among Japanese Buddhist monks in which living individuals undergo mummification. The dude isn’t really doing this, though, and this seems to be a hoax.
This week, one particular video that he appeared in while lying in bed with his hands on a child’s head received an astounding 66 million views, which led to questions about his age.
On TikTok, rumors that the man in the videos is 163 years old rapidly began to circulate. But that’s not really the case.
He is not actually 163
This was a false rumor that spread on TikTok, and the video isn’t genuinely of a 163-year-old man.
He is a 109-year-old Thai man named Luang Pho Yai, according to the fact-checking website Snopes.
He does seem to be a monk in Thailand, but he was not engaging in Sokushinbutsu, nor is he 163 years old.
According to a 2021 study published in the journal Nature Communications, humans can live for 120 to 150 years, but this is the “absolute maximum.”
It is physically impossible for a person to be 163 at this age because the body is no longer capable of recovering from disease and damage.
His granddaughter, Auyary, manages the TikTok account and often updates admirers about her grandfather.
Get to Know the World’s Oldest Person
A Japanese woman named Kane Tanaka will be the oldest person alive in 2022.
She resides in a nursing facility in Fukuoka, Japan, and is currently 119 years old, according to Guinness World Records.
Venezuelan Juan Vicente Pérez Mora, who is 112 years old, will be the oldest man still living in 2022.
The oldest person to ever live was Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who was born in Arles.
At 122 years and 164 days old, she passed away in 1997. She was born in 1875.
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