What is a Mummy?

 

A mummy is defined as a human or animal cadaver that by natural circumstances or through embalmment has been maintained in an acceptable state of preservation long after death.

 

There are regions and places that due to their characteristics of extreme dryness, cold, alkalinity, isolation from the elements or from microorganisms, cause the cadaver to mummify instead of decaying completely, as normally occurs in almost any part of the earth’s biosphere.

 

However, the idea of a mummy best recognized by the public is a body embalmed or prepared with the specific intention of preserving it as long as possible, usually for religious reasons. It’s no coincidence that if this is so, then bodies very rarely are maintained intact by themselves, due to the fact that conditions for their natural preservation are accidental and scarce.

 

The Mummies of Guanajuato are natural because they did not undergo any process of preservation or embalmment, and the cause of their state of mummification is a mystery that inspired their preservation.