Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mummies of Guanajuato


During a cholera outbreak in 1833 in Mexico, many bodies were interred underground in an air-tight catacomb. When families couldn't pay taxes, they were disinterred and placed in a building where many of them mummified.  The building was turned into a museum called El Museo De Las Mamios (Mummy Museum).







There are over 100 bodies on display here in various stages of tortured expression and dehydrated cachexia. The Mexican culture has a healthy attitude about life and death and honoring those who have passed, but to many the museum can be a bit unnerving. 




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