His body would be interred in a stone coffin, also filled with honey, and sealed for a hundred years. After the allotted time, the result was a mummified human corpse, preserved in a sweet substance - a much sought after medicine, capable of curing a wide range of ailments.
A Voluntary Process
In the 16th century, Chinese Pharmacologist Li Shizen, came across a remarkable form of medicine practised in Arabia. Mellified Man (or Mizen, Miziren) is a human mummy confection, that was said to be capable of curing any ailment.
Just about every part of the process, in making this medicine, would be seen as quite strange today.
The process begins when an elderly man volunteers his body, and the rest of his life to the procedure. From this point on, the man is fed nothing but honey, drinks nothing but honey and bathes in nothing but honey.
After a period of time on this diet, he will secrete and excrete nothing but the sweet substance. He is now 'mellifluous' meaning 'like honey' and death will shortly follow.
His body will be interred into a stone coffin, where he will be totally submerged in honey. The coffin will be sealed with an inscription giving the month and year added.
Sweet, Sweet, Medicine
The medicinal confectionery would be sold, and could fetch very high prices. It was prized for its curative properties, and could heal just about any affliction. It would be either rubbed into the affected area or taken orally.
Orally was the best method, as legend states it would cure the complaint instantly.
Li Shizen does state that his account of the mellified man process comes from a second hand account, so it is not 100% certain whether these details are accurate or took place.
Honey has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, as has substances of human origin (urine, breast milk and blood to name a few). Burmese priests have a ritual where they preserve the chiefs of their religious order in coffins filled with honey, but they do not eat the mummified remains.