Accidental Mummies

Saturday Mark and I went down to the Detroit Science Center to see the Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato.   These mummies are only about one hundred years old, only one in a hundred naturally mummified.   They were discovered when bodies were dug up to be discarded because families were not keeping up on the burial payments.   Nice, huh?   The exhibit includes information on how these people probably lived and what probably killed them.   I was a little disturbed to see them refer to the ones that made it to 50 or 60 as very old.   Unfortunately, photography was not allowed, so I can’t show you pictures, but you can find some here.   There is also a mock up of the cemetery, and some information on the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).   They show a lot the scientific work on the mummies, including x-rays and scans.   One mummy had cloth inside, that they first thought might be bandaging, but later concluded some varmint moved a nest inside.   The most interesting and creepiest part are the five baby mummies, dressed in finery, one holding a doll, another a stuffed sacred heart, obviously dressed carefully and very loved, now just shells with empty eye sockets, home for worms and weevils.   Never forget:

Don't ever laugh as the hearse goes by
For you may be the next to die.
They put you in a big black box
then cover you up with dirt and rocks.

All goes well for about a week
and then your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out
The worms play Pinochle on your snout.

They eat your eyes, they eat your nose
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
crawls in your stomach and out your eyes.

Your stomach turns a slimy green
and puss pours out like whipping creme.
Spread it on a slice of bread,
that's what you eat when you are dead.

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