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Ray Bradbury, a science fiction writer decided to go to Mexico to see the impressive collection of preserved mummies along with his friend grant beach back in the 80’s. one can see the pain and suffering people had to go through on the faces of these mummies till date. Most of these mummies are of people who died during the cholera outbreak in the 1800’s.
After seeing the what the catacombs of Guanajuato had to offer, Bradbury wanted to flee Mexico as soon as possible and later on confessed that he had nightmares about living with wired dead bodies.
I can certainly see why Bradbury had nightmares about this trip. These mummies can scare the hell out of anybody.
Back in the 1800's Mexico witnessed a cholera epidemic. The outbreak was so intense that officials had to work day and night in order to prepare more cemeteries to bury the dead. Imagine a situation where a person is dead and your country does not have any place to bury him peacefully.
This led to a situation where the dead were buried as soon as possible so that the disease does not spread any further and put the lives of more people in danger. This was done so recklessly that at times even alive men were buried along with the dead bodies!
It was time for the local government to take advantage of the helpless situation. From 1865 onwards, the government started to impose a tax on people who had their kith and kin buried in the cemeteries. If the people failed to pay the tax, the officials would dig up the bodies without a question. This was carried on till 1958.
A very small percentage of people who were buried started getting mummified underground naturally. The local workers started storing these bodies in the warehouse nearby. The warehouse where the natural mummies were stored eventually started becoming a tourist spot.
On seeing that tourists started getting attracted to the warehouse, the workers came up with a plan. The workers now started charging the tourists to see the mummies. This was the same building which is now known as El Museo De Las Momias ( The Mummy Museum ).
It is most likely to be believed that the horrifying expressions which the mummies have on their faces came from the harsh and painful deaths. But that's not necessarily the case, there are many other possibilities.
It might be possible that these expressions came after the dead bodies were buried. This might be the result of natural processes underneath. This may or may not be the case. Let's hope that are bodies don't get mummified naturally and people have to pay to see our dead bodies.