When most people think of mummies, they imagine the ancient Egyptians. However, these 111 mummies were buried in Guanajuato, Mexico.
While most were not embalmed like Egyptian mummies, the climate in Mexico preserved these corpses by way of “natural mummification.” But why did these people die in the first place?
Around 1833, there was a mass cholera outbreak in Guanajuato. Rather than wait to find out who was sick and who was healthy, many people were simply buried alive.
How do we know they were buried alive? By the shocked and disturbing expressions on their faces.
The climate of Guanajuato preserved the mummies so well, in fact, that fine details like nails and wrinkles can still be seen.
Sadly, the disease affected both old and young. This particular mummy is one of the smallest babies that was found.
It’s incredible that much of their clothing has been preserved, as well.
The mummies were removed from their graves beginning in the 1870s, when a new tax forced family members to pay to keep their loved ones interred. Many could simply not afford it.
By the 1990s, the unique corpses were attracting tourists. Today, all 111 are housed at The Museum of the Mummies in Guanajuato.
Visitors come from all over the world to view their bodies and pay homage to this group of people who lost their lives so tragically.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go have nightmares forever.