If you find yourself wandering the streets of Chihuahua, Mexico, be sure to stroll by a bridal shop known as La Popular. The shop is quite historic, as it’s been around for decades. However, what draws people isn’t necessarily the purchase of a flowing white gown for their wedding day. According to local legend, a mannequin that stands in the window of the bridal shop is actually a preserved corpse.
The legend dates back to March 25, 1930, when people first started to notice an oddly familiar-looking mannequin modeling wedding dresses in the window of La Popular. People thought the mannequin seemed far too real-looking.
Locals began to gossip and eventually a rumor spread that the mannequin was the corpse of the proprietor’s daughter. The story goes that Pascuala Esparza’s daughter lost her life on her wedding day due to a black widow spider bite. Townspeople believed that the body of Esparza’s daughter was embalmed and placed in the window of the bridal shop. Esparza had always denied this to be true, but many people throughout the neighborhood remained convinced. The eventually called the mannequin La Pascualita.
The legend of La Pascualita continues to this day. The mannequin/corpse still stands in the window and only two employees at the bridal shop are allowed to change her clothing. Furthermore, her change of clothes has to be completed behind closed doors.
What has a lot of people convinced that the mannequin may actually be an embalmed corpse is the specific details on her body. She has a couple of wrinkles, an interesting gaze, and realistic-looking hair. These aren’t things you would notice on your typical mannequin.
Check it out below to see what I mean:
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“Every time I go near Pascualita my hands break out in a sweat. Her hands are very realistic and she even has varicose veins on her legs. I believe she’s a real person,” stated one La Popular employee.
Some employees take the legend even further, alluding to La Pascualita becoming animated. Employees believe she watches employees and even changes positions overnight.
Some people in the town of Chihuahua leave candles and prayers for La Pascualita. Others see her as a sign of luck, with brides often purchasing the same gown she wears in the display for their own wedding.
What do you think? Could this really be an embalmed corpse modeling in the window?
Source: Road Trippers