ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

If you are of morbid mind, I'm sure that you've visited a graveyard where the old tombstones have been shunted to a depressing corner to make way for the new. However in Guanajuato, Mexico, the reality of exhuming and relocating graves has been much more brutal.

Between the late 1870 and 1958, families were expected to pay a tax on their grave to ensure their departed relatives could literally rest in peace. While this practice, although inhumane and discriminatory to the poor, is not uncommon, the authorities of Guanajuato took things to a whole new barbaric level by exhibiting some of the "best" corpses they dug up for financial gain.

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Disturbingly, not even the bodies of infants were immune from this dehumanising treatment, although it was highly likely that relatives who remembered them in life would still be alive.

Below are a selection of pictures shot by leaky_eddie in 2009 that show a selection of the souls who were heaved from their graves because their families were too poor to pay for them.

Screeching Souls

This exhumed body seems to be protesting his/her treatment in this horrifying pose.

Innocent Slumber

The hair on the head of this poor, deceased infant is almost too poignant.

Close To His/Her Heart

Let's hope this corpse's family had joined him in the afterlife before he was exhumed because the personal letter he/she is clasping would leave no doubt about his/her identity.

Corpse Child

This infant's upright position is truly haunting.

An Eternal Scream

This woman's serene pose and romantic clothing are a start contrast to her face.

If any of these mummies somehow look familiar, it might be because of the fact they have an unusual movie history. A selection of the 111 mummies in the museum were filmed for the introduction of Nosferatu the Vampyre by filmmaker Werner Herzog.


Would you go to see the Mummies of Guanajuato?


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