Friday, June 20, 2008

The Mummy Museum

Wow, this was the coolest museum I've ever been to. It's so wrong, but it's so cool at the same time.

The guidebook sort of whizzes right by this one. Mentions that it's grotesque and that's about all there is to it. Other than the view from the El Pipila monument, this is certainly the highlight of Guanajuato for me. You'll just need to take a look at my pictures to see why this place is so crazy awesome.

I highly recommend seeing this place.

A combination of the soil conditions and a dry climate of the mountainous area caused the bodies in the local cemetery to dry out naturally before they could decompose. The bodies were placed in tombs, seven rows high; apparently, those in the middle row were more likely to have been naturally mummified. However, only those who failed to pay the grave tax (approximately $17) were ever exhumed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dude ... gross! ha