Mummies talk to us
Mummies fascinate men for centuries, as testifies ultimately the success of the television series “Mummies Alive”, wich premiered in April 2015, with a first season consisting in six episodes of one hour each on Smithsonian Channel in the Usa, History Channel in Canada, SBS in Australia, ZDF in GErmany and UKTV:Yesterday in United Kingdom, series this year proposed also in Italy. But perhaps not everybody knows that in Mexico has been devoted to the mummies a whole museum.
It is the El Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, located in the namesake city, where are exposed 111 mummies coming from a common pit in which were buried the bodies of those people that were of corpses of cholera in 1833 but even people still in life, in the attempt to quickly circumscribe the outbreak. For some reason not entirely understand (it is understood only that is tied up to natural agents among which the dry air, the cold, the alkalinity of the ground and the isolation from the microorganismis) these dead bodies was mummified in natural way, allowing the researchers to still observe their facial features intact after almost 200 years.
Just the petrified expression of a lot of of these mummies has made to suppose that they have been buried alive: among these there was surely Ignacia Aguilar, a woman who suffered from an illness that made to seem more times than her heart he stopped for almost one day. When her heart seemed to stay for more time of the usual she was given for dead, but when her dead body was exhumed it showed the face turned downward, in the act to bite his arm, with a lot of blood in her mouth.
Among the other “particolar” mummies, in the museum is also exposed the smallest mummy to the world, that of a fetus found in the dead body of a pregnant woman dead of cholera. A space of the museum of Guanajuato is devoted, after all, to the mummies of children, covered with “angels” suits with which dead bodies of their children traditionally come.
El Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato is not, therefore, a “classic” museum, but perhaps for this motive it as the writer of science fiction Ray Bradbury as the writer of science fiction Ray Bradbury has attracted many famous visitors, as the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury which remained stunned so much to be persecuted for weeks by nightmares, or the German director Werner Herzog, that opened the initial sequence of his “Nosferatu, the prince of the night” with an overview of the mummies of Guanajuato, or Tim Barton, the director of “The crpse bride”. Who knows if the “mummies alive” makes a proposal in one of its next episodes a special devoted to the mysterious and sometimes gruesome mummies of Guanajuato?