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The Mummies of Guanajuato




The legend of the mummies tells that in 1833, Guanajuato suffered from a cholera epidemic that left thousands dead.

In addition, the worst thing about this disease was that it left people's bodies immobile, making them think they were dead.

In Guanajuato, legend has it that when people were seen in this state, they were buried alive, as this also prevented the disease from spreading.

Over time, a perpetuity fee began to be charged to the relatives of the buried bodies, and if there was no payment, the bodies were exhumed, and so they were discovered.

It is said that when they exposed the bodies, so that the relatives could recognize them, they attracted many curious people, which later gave origin to the museum.

The reason for the mummified bodies in the Santa Paula Pantheon is due to the amazing nature of the land of Guanajuato.

In those times, the bodies were placed in wooden coffins, in roofed boxes, without allowing humidity.

In addition, the fashion in the nineteenth century was to wear many articles of clothing, therefore, many liquids necessary for decomposition were absorbed.

In fact, the reason why the mummies of Guanajuato have their mouths open, is due to the effect of gravity, which with the weight of the jaw, leaves the mouth open.

Although there are those who like to say that when they were buried alive because of the epidemic, they woke up terrified underground.

This factor is important in the legends of the mummies of Guanajuato, because it was what allowed the preservation of the famous mummies.

In the museum of the mummies of Guanajuato, in the city of Guanajuato, the mummified bodies of 111 people are exhibited, including men, women and even children, which gave origin to the history of the mummies of Guanajuato.

The Museum of the Mummies has 11 exhibition rooms, including a projection room that welcomes visitors.

There are countless legends that inhabit the museum, such as the legend of the witch mummy, a mysterious woman who supposedly dug up the corpses for her spells.

In addition, in this museum you can admire the smallest mummy in the world, called Juanito, and only measures 22cm.

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