Sunday, July 13, 2014

Corpse Bride Mannequin

La Popular - For the past 75 years, a tiny bridal shop in Mexico has been the subject of some pretty crazy rumors. But the creepiest rumor centers around a bridal mannequin sitting in the window; a highly detailed dummy that many say is a perfectly preserved corpse.
The tale begins on March 25th in 1930, when the odd-looking mannequin was first placed in the windows of La Popular, one of the most well-known bridal shops in Chihauhau, Mexico. Almost immediately, the locals knew that something just wasn't quite right with the figure. Before long, tales of the stunning mannequin began to spread far and wide, and visitors trekked from all over just to see the intricate details in the doll. From the individual wrinkles in the hands, to the real human hair, to the mesermizing gaze of her glass eyes, it was almost as if the figure was a real person frozen in time.

Eventually, people began to notice the similarities between the mannequin, nicknamed La Pascualita, and the daughter of La Popular's proprietor, Pascuala Esparza. According to legend, Esparza's daughter had tragically passed away on her wedding day, victim of a Black Widow spider bite. Locals whispered that the beautiful figure in the window was, in fact, the embalmed body of Esparza's daughter. More and more, the details began to make sense, and the townspeople became outraged. Of course, Pascuala Esparza formally denied the allegations, but by that point, it was too late - the legend was set in stone.

Today, La Pascualita still sits in the window of La Popula, and the rumors have only become more pervasive. Of all the employees who work at the popular bridal shop, only two are allowed to change her clothing, and only behind closed doors. It's a practice that makes some of the employees pretty uncomfortable. “Every time I go near Pascualita my hands break out in a sweat," said one shop worker. "Her hands are very realistic and she even has varicose veins on her legs. I believe she’s a real person.” Other workers say they've come to the shop in the morning only to find Pascualita has changed positions on her own, or complained that she would "watch" them with an unsettling gaze as they tended to the store.


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5 comments:

  1. AAAH I see why so many people WANT to believe this, but I just can't wrap my head around HOW it could be real!! The face is so, clearly, not a human face. And while the hands look realistic, they could easily be realistic wax that's gotten dirty over the years.

    I suppose it wouldn't kill me to stop being cynical and let people believe, since it seems to make people happy...

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    1. I would suggest looking at the faces of embalmed people like Evita Peron and Vladimir Lenin. They were definitely real people who were embalmed, and their faces look like they could be fake. Just saying that it is a possibility!

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    2. I would suggest looking at photos of the embalmed bodies of Evita Peron and Vladimir Lenin. Their faces after being embalmed look very fake, yet they are real human bodies. Embalming can leave this fake looking effect.

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  2. Resident of Uncanny Valley.

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  3. i have NEVER seen mannequin hands like that, in my LIFE. this is SUPER CREEPY. they look as if they want desperately to decay and return to the earth.

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