The mummies museum in Guanajuato, Mexico, is an extraordinary sight of naturally formed mummies, which are over 100 years old; the museum is attended by at least 4,000 people every week, who come together to see more than a hundred mummified bodies from a nearby cemetery; the mummies are placed inside the museum in glass cupboards; tourists who visit the museum are usually given a fair warning because of its graphic content.
What is natural mumification?
Most of the bodies in the museum are related to the outbreak of cholera, which spread in the area in 1833; the natural process of mummification is likely to have been the result of the dry climate prevailing in the region, combined with the storage of bodies in leaky tombs that slowed down degradation; the difference between mummies recovered from sealed tombs and mummies removed from the ground is remarkable; those obtained from sealed tombs seem to have been better preserved; many of the mummies wear clothes they wear during the funeral, while those undressed show yellow skin, blistering mouths and shrivelled eyeballs.
Origin of Mummy
During the cholera epidemic, most of the bodies were immediately buried as a means of combating the disease. It is evident that some mummies had terrible expressions, which some experts believed belonged to people who had been accidentally buried alive. Some experts believe, however, that postmortem procedures caused such facial expressions. Many of the bodies were exhumed between 1865 and 1958. At that time, a tax was imposed on the bodies placed in the cemetery. Relatives had to fulfil a tax obligation to have their loved ones buried for a certain period of time. The bodies belonging to relatives who could not pay the tax were looted to make room for new bodies. It was discovered that some of the bodies found were naturally mummified and subsequently placed in a nearby building.
Personalities of Museum Mummies
The mummy of Remigio Le Roy, a French doctor, was the first to be seen in the museum. The mummy owners were struck by the almost ideal preservation of his body. The building also contains the mummy of a pregnant woman who died of cholera. A four-month-old fruit, which is considered the smallest mother ever discovered, is visible through an increase. The museum also has the mother of a baby named Little Enrico, who died at the age of six months in 1999. The body was added to the museum's collection after the expiry of his cage lease. The mummy is now dressed as St. Vartholomey. Five other children's mummies are shown in controlled conditions.
Cultural links with the establishment of the museum
Although some may call it a terrible event, the museum is considered to be one of the best in Mexico, and the museum has been protected by government officials who point out that it is an integral part of the city's appeal, and the death of loved ones is considered inevitable in Mexican culture, so people hug and celebrate death.