posted on Oct, 6 2013 @ 12:22 PM
Just in time for Halloween, I bring you La Pascualita, the Mexican Corpse Bride.
Here is an excerpt of the linked article at OddityCentral:
La Pascualita - The Mexican Corpse Bride - The Unexplained
Oddity Central - La Pascualita
La Pascualita was first installed in the store window on March 25th, 1930, dressed in a spring-seasonal bridal gown. The effect was
instantaneous. People simply could not tear their sight away from this new mannequin, with the wide-set glass eyes, real hair and blushing skin tone.
Soon, they realized that the mannequin closely resembled the shop’s owner at the time, Pascuala Esparza. It didn’t take long for them to come to
the conclusion that the dummy was in fact the embalmed body of her daughter, who had died recently on her wedding day after being bitten by a Black
Widow spider. This revelation did not go very well with the locals, and they started to express their disapproval. But by the time Pascuala could
issue an official statement denying the rumors, it was too late. Nobody was willing to believer her. The daughter’s name has been lost over time,
and ‘La Pascualita’ stuck through the years.
There are competing legends regarding this woman's death, one of which states that there was a judge that wanted her for himself, and if she wouldn't
marry him, no one would, and he shot her.
Another claims that her mother killed her fiance and in her sorrow, La Pascualita threw herself from a cliff to her death.
When her clothing is changed, it is done behind curtains, raising speculation that the current shop owners are hiding the fact that she is, in fact, a
dummy. Others feel that the owners are being respectful and keeping her naked body from the public.
Still others claim that the only parts of the real corpse that were preserved were the hands and the head.
"Every time I go near Pascualita my hands break out in a sweat," shopworker Sonia Burciaga said.
"Her hands are very realistic and she even has varicose veins on her legs. I believe she's a real person."
I'm not sure which story is the truth, but I'm leaning toward it being an extremely well-made dummy, though those hands are incredible.
Have any of you seen this mannequin in person? What was your impression of it?
No matter what you believe about La Pascualita, the folklore is wonderful, and the possibility of it being true is just enough to keep hundreds
visiting the shop year after year.
edit on 10/6/2013 by ProfessorChaos because: typo