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Mummies of Guanajuato: Shocking Photos of the Corpses dates back to a Cholera Outbreak in 1833

During a cholera outbreak in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1833, a number of naturally mummified bodies were interred.

Between 1870 and 1958, the human bodies seemed to have been unearthed. A municipal tax was in effect at the time, requiring the payment of a levy for “perpetual” burial. Some bodies for which the tax had not been charged were disinterred, while others—apparently the best-looking—were preserved in a nearby house. Guanajuato has a climate that can cause natural mummification, although scientific studies later revealed that some bodies had at least partially been embalmed.

It was in the 1900s that the mummies began attracting tourists. Cemeteries began charging people a few pesos to enter the building where bones and mummies were stored. Afterward, it was converted into a museum called El Museo de las Momias (“The Museum of the Mummies”). As of 2007, 59 of the 111 mummies were on display.

#1 One of the Guanajuato mummies on display at the Museum of the Mummies in Guanajuato, Mexico.

One of the Guanajuato mummies on display at the Museum of the Mummies in Guanajuato, Mexico.

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#2 A view of some of the Guanajuato mummies, 1952.

A view of some of the Guanajuato mummies, 1952.

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#3 A mummified infant of Guanajuato.

A mummified infant of Guanajuato.

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#4 One of the Guanajuato mummies clutches a document.

One of the Guanajuato mummies clutches a document.

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#5 Guanajuato mummies on display, 1955.

Guanajuato mummies on display, 1955.

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#6 One of the Guanajuato mummies on display.

One of the Guanajuato mummies on display.

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#7 Two of the Guanajuato mummies on display.

Two of the Guanajuato mummies on display.

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#8 This mummified infant is considered one of the smallest mummies in the museum.

This mummified infant is considered one of the smallest mummies in the museum.

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#9 A young girl buried in her communion dress, 1955.

A young girl buried in her communion dress, 1955.

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#10 The hand of one of the Guanajuato mummies.

The hand of one of the Guanajuato mummies.

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#11 One of the Guanajuato mummies.

One of the Guanajuato mummies.

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#12 A mummified child on display.

A mummified child on display.

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Written by Benjamin Grayson

Former Bouquet seller now making a go with blogging and graphic designing. I love creating & composing history articles and lists.

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  1. When I was a kid, I visited that museum. It terrified me. All I could think of was that they’d come to life like in Night of the Living Dead or Dawn of the Dead. Even the restrooms looked uncomfortable. Lighting was dim, and stall doors were so loud they could have woken the dead.