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Rare 100-year-old natural mummy in Colombia

Scientists have yet to find a scientific explanation for more than a dozen natural mummies in tombs in the high mountains of Colombia.

Photographs show natural mummies in extremely good condition dating back about 100 years in San Bernardo, Colombia.

Rare 100-year-old natural mummy in Colombia

Mummification is a process of preserving the body after death by intentionally drying, marinating with chemicals, but the bodies in San Bernardo are embalmed by accident.

There are an estimated 10 more bodies in the mausoleum high in the Andes, about 40 miles southwest of the Colombian capital, Bogota.

Scientists have not yet found the most accurate answer to the question of why mummies are so well preserved.

Some experts think that because the local climate and altitude have a favorable effect on the chemical composition of the soil, it may act as a natural embalming agent.

The intact mummies are displayed in glass cabinets

Meanwhile, locals believe that the well-preserved mummies are due to the diet of the ancient indigenous people. It’s a diet high in guatila, a green fruit with thorns on its rind, and lots of vitamin C. Another vegetable that’s also good at preserving dead bodies is balu, which is like a bean-sized bean. large size.

However, this theory does not explain why the mummy’s clothes are still quite intact.

The mummies are about 100 years old, most of which are identified because above each body are plaques with personal characteristics.

For example, the mummy of a woman named Margarita, was a very dedicated housewife, she used to make cornbread and make coffee for everyone.

Looking at the faces of the bodies, some of them appeared as calm as if they had passed away in peace and comfort, while others looked more grim. Some of the bodies were children, some were still wearing clothes and shoes.

After careful cleaning, the mummies were placed in glass cabinets and put on display in a private section in a small Colombian town.

According to experts, the natural process of mummification has been discovered in Guanajuato, Mexico. This area has underground gas and special chemical composition in the soil that is responsible for keeping the bodies in good condition.

The mummies at Guanajuato date back to the first half of the 19th century while those in San Bernardo are around 100 years old.