Do you know that the enzymes which help you digest your food begin eating you in a couple of hours after your death? Well, looks like these five people were not very well aware of the fact. That is the only plausible explanation to why haven't these bodies decomposed even after hundreds of years since their death. Science fails to explain this completely, and what's left in our hands is watching these bodies in awe and pondering over it.
Saint Catherine Laboure who died in 1876, was said to have been visited many times by Virgin Mary. It was said that Catherine also placed her hand on Mary's lap while talking to her. After her death in 1876, she received all the funeral rites. Her body however, refused to decay and remained in a perfectly well condition since then and continues to be so, today. The body is now on display in Paris.
The wife of a Chinese nobleman during the Han dynasty, Lady Xin Zhui was a morbidly obese woman who lived a life of luxury. The woman died and was buried in 163 B.C.E, (which is still 127 years before Rome saw it's first emperor, do the math) and when her body was found in an excavation in 1971, her body was still soft and the limbs could still move!
Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov was a Russian-Buddhist lama who had asked his fellow lamas to prepare for his last rites while he was meditating. Itigilov who died in the early years of the twentieth century while he was meditating had asked his body to be exhumed a few years later. In 2002, almost a hundred years later, his body was therefore exhumed and it still is in a good condition.
Saint Benita Zita who lived in the 13th century, had created a cult group that followed her religiously due to her noble acts of kindness. She died in the year 1272 and when her body was exhumed in the latter half of the 16th century, it was found well preserved. The body was then mummified and remains on display in Basilica of San Frediano in Lucca, Italy.
La Doncella as this 15-year-old Incan girl has been named, is estimated to have been killed in the final years of the fifteenth century as a part of a religious sacrifice. The body that was found in 1999 near Argentina seemed to be well preserved in the cold conditions and dry air and looks almost alive!