Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Travel Log: Guanajuato and the Mummies

This last weekend, I ventured out to the state of Guanajuato with a few friends. We had a shitty mini van that drove like a shitbox airplane and no directions to get there. We made it though and in short, it was money. The town had such a great colonial vibe and a relaxed European feel to it. From the markets to the colonial architecture and endless tunnels, Guanajuato is the shit. It would be easy to ramble on about the great weekend, but I'll spare the details and talk about something as strange as ol' Salad Fingers himself.

While we were in town, we stopped at the popular El Museo de las Momias, which hosts a display of 119 modern mummies. The story goes like this, between the years 1896 and 1958, a local law required relatives to pay a grave tax to keep the dead buried. However, if the relatives could not pay this yearly tax for three years, the body was dug up from the cemetery and (if the fee still wasn't paid) placed on display in El Museo de Las Momias. A combination of the soil conditions and a dry climate of the mountainous area caused the bodies in the local cemetery to dry out naturally before they could decompose. So when they were exhumed, they literally looked like shit.

Below are a few pics I snapped. Now, play the Gregorian chant of R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion, which is also featured below and you will have a taste of my experience. Enjoy...

Gregorian Chant of R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion:



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