The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato

These are the accidental mummies of Guanajuato. A great series of coincidences made these people into mummies. 


First was a mid-19th century Cholera epidemic that killed thousands in this city in the North-Central Mexico, and necessitated those people to be buried fast, to avoid transmission of the disease. But that wasn't all. Mexico had a tax on grave sites. If a deceased person's family could no longer pay those taxes, their ancestor was exhumed to make room for more people. 


Still, the same situation in most other places would not produce mummies. But the soil of Guanajuato is naturally perfect for preserving flesh. The end result is creepier than you can imagine, until you're there. Many still have fingernails and hair. Some are wearing tattered suits. Some are small children. I wouldn't recommend this museum for everyone. It's even more creepy than it sounds.