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La Popular’s “Corpse Bride”

Posted in death, macabre, oddities, wedding with tags , , , on July 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I am basically going to reblog this morbid legend, because the source sites all the bizarre details quite well.

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For the past 75 years, a tiny bridal shop in Mexico has been the subject of some pretty crazy rumors. Tales of supernatural fiddling abound, with whispers of disembodied voices, mysterious cold spots, and even the occasional darting shadow seen from the corner of a visitor’s eye. 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.

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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.

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Eventually, people began to notice the similaries 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.

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75 years later, some have come to revere La Pascualita as a saint, leaving candles and offering prayers in front of the window. Some ask for good fortune, but most come to her seeking guidance in matters of love. Many brides even let Pascualita decide on their gowns for them, simply choosing whatever dress she’s wearing at the time they visit.

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So, is the strange mannequin really the preserved corpse of an ill-fated bride? Skeptics say no, pointing to the difficult upkeep when it comes to stopping a corpse from decaying, but those who have seen La Pascualita in person walk away believers… and very creeped out believers at that. After all, how strange is it for a store to keep the same mannequin for nearly eight decades, and shroud its undressing in secrecy?

What do you all think? The hands are indeed rather corpse-like, and graced with far more textured skin than any mannequin I’ve seen in the world. But…I’m not sure what methods could keep ANY flesh on a corpse over 80 years after the date of death.

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(Thanks to Steph for the link!)

Victorian Hearse Aquarium

Posted in antiques, death, home, oddities with tags , , , on May 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Here’s a truly unique modification: the Victorian Hearse Aquarium. It was up for auction (and has since ended), but is worth showing for the craftsmanship.

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Large Victorian Ebonized Aquarium Cabinet, 19th century and later. Fashioned from the rear glazed doors of a New Orleans style horse drawn hearse, adapted on modern stand to accommodate tank, filter and lighting, all included, 80.5″ x 57″ x 41″ – 204.5 x 144.8 x 104.1 cm.

What do you think of this item? Too goth? Completely awesome?

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Toru Kamei

Posted in art, death, japan, nature on January 13, 2014 by bettiemuldoon

Vanitas art by Toru Kamei has stolen our heat.  “Toru KAMEI was born in 1976. He is inspired by Vanitas and try to express transience but beautiful, by drawing common vanitas symbols include skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death, flower, which symbolize transience of beauty.”

Here is a lovely way to start your week. The bats may not fit the vanitas theme, but, well, SWS welcomes the deviation.

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Toru Kamei All the Flowers and Insects (2007)

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Information is scarce. Source

Creepmas Day 2: Hearse Ornaments

Posted in christmas, death, decoration with tags , , on December 2, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

A gift for the morbidly inclined…though rather tough to find (hey, that rhymed! Okay…enough). If health/money allowed me to buy gifts this year, I’d definitely get one of these (for you, Bettie!).

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Halloween Countdown: Antique Coffin Patents

Posted in antiques, death, ephemera with tags , , on October 27, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Neato Coolville posted a wonderful roundup of coffin patents, dated 1848 to 1914.

1886 Coffin Patent

1891 Coffin Patent

Device to prop up the dead for postmortem photography?
1910 Coffin Patent

1848 Coffin Patent

1879 Coffin Patent

See more here.

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Halloween Countdown: Cemetery Favorites Part 2 (Inscriptions)

Posted in death, halloween, photography with tags , , on October 26, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

And now a collection of my favorite epitaphs…

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Oh, YES! Alchemical perfection!
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I can relate to this one a bit…
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Na na na na na na na na…
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Beautifully chilling.
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Seriously?
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Oh, bless this woman for taking the last name!

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You just gotta click (remember this, guys?):

And my favorite…
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I wish you all wonderful dashes!

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Halloween Countdown: Cemetery Favorites Part 1

Posted in death, halloween, photography with tags , , on October 24, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I have a massive collection of eye catching headstones and cemetery scenes on my hard drive. Here’s a small preview of some favorites.

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“How is a raven like a writing desk?”
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Nom nom nom…
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Slowly devoured.
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How I want to go:
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No need to stay in bed now.
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Jesus emerges from walls to play (terrified, anyone?).
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Have a seat.
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AMAZING:
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Eternal jazz hands.
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