Monday, January 09, 2006

Is Mexican Mannequin Really a Bona Fide Body?


Folk tales mixing religion with gruesome reality are prevalent along the Mexican-American frontier, but the legend of Pascualita, a realistic mannequin–cum–embalmed corpse on display in a shop window in the Chihuahuan capital, is perhaps the bizarrest of all:
Dressed in a spring-season bridal gown, the figure immediately gripped the attention of passers by with its disquieting, wide-set glass eyes, real hair and blushing skin tones.

. . . .

Rapt locals soon began to notice a striking resemblance to the shop's then owner, Pascuala Esparza. A rumor quickly spread that the figure was not a dummy, but her daughter who, it was said, died from the bite of a Black Widow spider on her wedding day.

. . . .

Down the years, the tale has been embellished with claims of supernatural happenings, including visits by a love-sick French magician who is said to bring the dummy magically to life at night, and take her out on the town.

Others say that her gaze follows them around the store, or that she shifts positions at night in the darkened shop window to the surprise of passers by.
Link. I think this is actually a decent idea. When I die, I plan to be stuffed and mounted in a fierce, bear-like attacking position so that I can spend eternity in the living rooms of the houses of my descendants.

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Image credits: "A Mexican peers through a shop window" by Luis Reyes, courtesy Reuters, borrowed for news-reporting and comment purposes.