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Mummies of Museo de las Animas

The mummy museum in the small town of Encarnación de Díaz is a morbid collection that seems to have been ripped straight from the pages of famed Mexican writer Juan Rulfo’s gothic magical realist novel “Pedro Paramo.” On display are a number of macabre mummified remains whose disturbing stories are a testament to the darker side of Jalisciense history: a grimacing guerrilla gunned down by a gung-ho firing squad, a shawled señora with a sinister skeletal smile, a poisoned pariah, and a murdered miner, to describe but a few. 

The majority of the mummified remains, as is evidenced by their clothes, belong to people who lived in the town and surrounding area during the late 18th century and 19th century. A number of these are said to have met violent ends, with one mummy belonging to a woman who was likely killed by rat poison and another belonging to a man who was murdered by bandits who stole some gold nuggets he had found in a mountain stream. The museum also claims two of its mummies are far more ancient and may belong to the indigenous Cacaxane people who once inhabited the Sierras of Jalisco.

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