- An old man has become an internet sensation after his clips blew up on social media platform TikTok
- The man identified as Luang Pho Yai has sparked a debate on the net as many tried to figure out his actual age, just as some thought he is a monk practicing Sokushinbutsu
- His granddaughter who makes videos of him and uploads them on the platform from time to time has put paid to a particular question netizens have been dying for an answer to
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It is the desire of many youths to live long, but videos clips of an old man have got many reconsidering their opinions on old age.
The old man named Luang Pho Yai achieved celebrity status on social media platform TikTok after his granddaughter began posting videos of him around November 2021, Snopes reports.
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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.
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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."
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Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously reported that the world's oldest person had celebrated her birthday in a nursing home.
The lucky Japanese woman who holds the coveted title is now 119 years old, which is not an easy feat these days.
Tanaka's great-granddaughter Junko Tanaka excitedly announced the new development to the world in a tweet and termed the 119 birthday a great achievement.
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In a photo shared by Junko, a happy Tanaka could be seen flashing the peace sign while she was waving in another of the photos.
"Great achievement. (Kane Tanaka) reached 119 years of age. I hope you'll continue to live life cheerfully and to the fullest," said Junko.
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