In Chihuahua, Mexico, in a store window stands a mannequin wearing a bridal gown. Get a little closer look and you may begin to see why the tales of La Pascualita actually being a corpse bride reach many levels of possibility … For the past 75 years, this startlingly life-like mannequin stood in the shop’s window.
After La Pascualita’s debut, it was rumored she was actually the body of the owner’s daughter who was said to have died tragically on her wedding day having suffered a bite from a Black Widow spider. Store owner Pascuala denied that the mannequin was her daughter, but the rumors had already grown into a life of their own.
The striking realism of the dummy has spawned supernatural tales and reports of a miracle, and even inspired a foot-stomping accordion ballad played on the local radio. She has also drawn a stream of people from across the desert state of Chihuahua over these past eight decades, and is now attracting curious visitors from South America, the United States and Europe.
The name of the daughter, if Esparza ever had one, became lost in time.
Down the years, the tale has been embellished with claims of supernatural happenings, including visits by a love-sick French magician who is said to bring the dummy magically to life at night, and take her out on the town.
Others say that her gaze follows them around the store, or that she shifts positions at night in the darkened shop window to the surprise of passersby.
Spooked by the tales, several jittery shop workers say they dread being the last to leave the store in the evening, and some of them refuse to change the dummy’s outfits.
Indeed, twice a week her outfits are changed, always using the more classic bridal styles that Gonzalez and his staff consider more appropriate and dignified. The changing is done - perhaps a bit theatrically - behind curtains put up in the shop window to preserve the dummy’s modesty.
Reports of the dummy having varicose veins in her legs and her hands being rather realistic have captivated the minds of anyone whom has come in contact with La Pascualita.
Other tributes to the mannequin have included an altar of sugar skulls, flowers and candles left by local school children each year on November 2 - Mexico’s Day of the Dead - and a ballad by popular Tex-Mex combo ‘Los Archies.
What are your thoughts about the dummy? Is she really a corpse bride? Did a grieving mother find it ‘too’ hard to bury the remains of her lovely daughter? Or is this simply a 75 year hoax to boost the sales of a little shop known as La Casa De Pascualita.
This Mexican Bridal Shop Mannequin Is Hiding A Morbid Secret. It Left Me Speechless.. (n.d.). Viral Nova. Retrieved July 26, 2014, from http://www.viralnova.com/corpse-bride/
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