Las Momias

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Creator

unknown

Subject

cultural tourism; mummification; curios
Guanajuato, Mexico

Description

Postcard depicting "Las Momias", an installation view of the Museo de las Momias de Guanajunto (Guanajunto Mummies Museum). The bodies were originally buried in a local cemetery after a large cholera outbreak in Guanajunto, Mexico. The families of the deceased were required to pay a tax to the cemetery; many did not, and their relatives were disinterred and placed in storage. Over the years, the warehouse developed into a tourist attraction. Stefan and Elsa probably visited the site and viewed the naturally mummified bodies on display. The exhibition of these bodies reflects unique attitudes towards death and the renewal of life in Mexican culture.

Source

Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo Collection, Bard College Archives
photographic postcard; b&w

Publisher

Bard College Archives and Special Collections
Bard College Archives

Date

1931?

Rights

Prior written permission required to use any photograph from the Bard College Libraries.

Type

Still Image

Identifier

bc_art.hirsch.046a

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Citation

unknown, “Las Momias,” Stevenson Library Digital Collections, accessed September 20, 2021, https://omekalib.bard.edu/items/show/1709.