The Mummies Of Guanajuato

|November 6, 2011 | Mexico, Photos By J.Yuenger, Travels

” Guanajuato, Mexico : A number of bodies interred during a cholera outbreak in 1833 became naturally mummified due to unique conditions in the Santa Paula Municipal Cemetery. All of the mummies were disinterred between 1865 and 1958, when the law required relatives to pay a tax in order to keep the bodies buried. If the deceased’s family could not pay the tax, they lost the right to the burial place, and the body was removed. The mummified corpses were stored in a building, and in the early 1900s, cemetery workers began charging people a few pesos to view them. This place eventually became a museum called El Museo De Las Momias, the museum of the mummies. A law prohibiting the disinterring of more mummies was passed in 1958, but the museum still exhibits the original mummies. “

” The first mummy, the body of a French doctor, was put on display in 1865. The museum, containing at least 108 corpses, is located above the spot where the mummies were first discovered. Numerous mummies can be seen throughout the exhibition, of varying sizes. The museum is known to contain the smallest mummy in the world, a fetus from a pregnant woman who fell victim to cholera. Some of the mummies can be seen wearing parts of their clothing in which they were buried. The mummies of Guanajuato have been a notable part of Mexican popular culture, fitting nicely with the famous Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, the day of the dead. A well known 1970 B movie called Santo vs. The Mummies of Guanajuato pitted the well-known Mexican professional wrestler and several others in a battle to a predictable finish.”