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 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. You could say that's crude, or you could admire the utility of the Mexican government.


Still, the same situation in most other places would not produce mummies. But the soil of Guanajuato is naturally perfect for preserving flesh. It's basic and dry. The surrounding area is thick with pine trees, and kind of feels like the Great American Desert, say Western Colorado, for example.


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. These are not kings and queens who were preserved for posterity. They are regular folks of all creeds and ages. I wouldn't recommend this museum for everyone. It's even weirder than it sounds.