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La Pascualita, the Mexican Corpse Bride
Status: Urban Legend
image This has already been posted in the hoax forum, but it's too good to ignore. Reuters has reported on a Mexican urban legend concerning a mannequin in the window of a bridal gown store in the city of Chihuahua. Local rumor has it that the mannequin is really the embalmed body of the former store owner's daughter. The former store owner was called Pascuala Esparza. La Pascualita means 'Little Pascuala' (i.e. her daughter). According to the legend her daughter died from the bite of a Black Widow spider on her wedding day, so Pascuala embalmed her and stood her up in the window of the store. It definitely is an urban legend because it would be impossible to embalm someone and have their flesh be preserved that perfectly. For some reason, people tend to think that it's easier to preserve a body than it actually is. For instance, there's also the urban legend about a dead wife used as a coffee table, in which a guy seals his dead wife inside an airtight glass coffin which he uses as a coffee table. In real life, it's not that easy to preserve a corpse.
Categories: Death, Urban Legends
Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 21, 2005
Comments (46)
actually she got stung by a scorpion raspberry
yeah do your research
Posted by jenny  in  santa ana/ your mans pants lol jk  on  Fri Oct 09, 2009  at  09:11 PM
gulp well that is a scary story is it true?well 2 make sure ill be going there....gulp,gulp....but for her mother thats very sad....MAY GOD BLESS THE MOTHER.......
Posted by Erika  in  Pharr TX  on  Sat Jan 02, 2010  at  05:49 PM
yo soy de chihuahua y creo que si existio esta persona porque yo misma fui a la tienda y la vi esta muy diferente que en las fotos pero ya ni unas tiene porque los anos la an echo fea y muy devil
Posted by la chiuas  in  phoenix,arizona  on  Wed Mar 24, 2010  at  04:18 PM
snake cheese She is comin
Posted by laura  in  tyler,tx  on  Sat Apr 24, 2010  at  06:54 PM
raspberry I saw her in a show and she move her body and head.She also walks in the streets.CREEPY! raspberry
Posted by laura  in  tyler,tx  on  Sat Apr 24, 2010  at  06:57 PM
it could b true....u never know....so u dum dum think a person would make the story up and me her daudgther in a manikey ...uhhhhhhhhhh yea rite
Posted by fani  in  des moines  on  Mon Nov 08, 2010  at  05:40 PM
In regards to the comments about the Dead Corpse Bride. I personally wouldn't say it's impossible to embalm the body of a dead person - simply because it's been done before.

Remember Rosalia Lombardo?. She was an italian girl born in 1918 in Palermo, Italy. Well she died on Dec 6 1920 of pneumonia and her body was embalm and preserved in the Capuchin Catacombs, Palermo Italy.

Still to this day it is report her body and internal organs are is perfectly intact from the day she was embalm. She's been buried for 90 years.

The story itself about La Pascualita is abit far fetched.

> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalia_Lombardo
Posted by Alex  in  Brisbane, Australia  on  Tue Nov 30, 2010  at  08:55 PM
OMG!!!! thats ssoooo!! freaky but i would definetlly like to go there and see her for myself it would be so cool i luv paranomal stuff ik im weird! hahaha!
Posted by jessica  in  EL centro CA.  on  Wed Feb 16, 2011  at  01:21 AM
this is true if u go to youtube.com and type extranormal la leyenda de pascualita itll show you videos click the first vid and watch it it will soon show them observing pascualita's hands and u can see the hand lines and marks mannequin's dont have marks on their hands so that means that pascualita is a preserved corpes that moves,and walks in the night oohohhohh!!SCARYYY!!!!!
Posted by jessica  in  EL centro CA.  on  Wed Feb 16, 2011  at  01:54 AM
HAHA give me all the version you like but it's BS if you ask me i'd be more inclined to believe Pennywise the Clown is living in the drain outside my house.

It can't be proven that human flesh and bone blood and guts and all the rest can be turned into hard plastic.

RE: jessica in EL centro CA. Um there are people called artists/painters is it very very likely the owner of the store had someone paint the lines on the Manni's plastic hands.

I don't doubt La Pascualita was a real person - i would even go as far as saying she was probably a town hag or not liked by many in the township at the time of her death - which is possibly where this stupid story originated from.

I can look at all the videos on youtube related to this hoaxes but that doesn't mean their real accounts. Stand in actors are a great way of making something unreal look real. Computer effects, imagery and so on.

I've been told she was beheaded, raped and murdered, fell from a bridge, got bitten by a spider, got bitten by a rattle snake, got ran over by a car, fell from the bridge and hit her head on a rock.

Yeah right and i suppose someone is going to claim Pandora from Avatar is a real planet.

Oh and also Abel in Ontaro,Canada if you really do have the picture you claim your aunt took why not post it here to share with everyone i'm sure if you did it would put everyone's minds to rest she is not real.
Posted by Alex  in  Brisbane, Australia  on  Thu Feb 17, 2011  at  01:56 AM
Oh another thing she doesn't even look Mexican;. But i guess when your body has been preserved in plastic for yearsyou'd look like a white person too.

You think with all the walking she does behind peoples backs she'd walked out side and catch some rays.
Posted by Alex  in  Brisbane, Australia  on  Thu Feb 17, 2011  at  02:01 AM
i agree with you mirna!! im from chihuahua too ARRIBA CHIHUAHUA Y LA PASCUALITA
Posted by dalia  in  colorado  on  Wed Apr 13, 2011  at  04:27 PM
lmao.....to the lady who thinks that haveing a mannequin bride is a story to treasure....its not mexican/hispanic culture its publicity.....u want to grow up with ghost story that are authentic and of mexican culture read up on la llorona..... lmao you people r fucking nuts......
Posted by kristianna  in  az  on  Fri May 20, 2011  at  05:43 PM
Has anyone ever thought to have x-rays or CT Scanning of the body to see if there is a skeleton inside.
Posted by Aaron Haselrig  in  Rancho Cordova, CA  on  Mon Jul 30, 2012  at  08:50 PM
Hmmm possible, there is a process called plasticization. But for a whole human body, it would have taken a long time and would have been Very expensive. But some what possible. Hmmm so I'm going to be on the fence on this one.
Posted by Zen  in  Texas  on  Thu Oct 31, 2013  at  02:24 AM
Also in order to get ex rays you would have to have the permission of owner. They may refuse.
Posted by Zen  in  Texas  on  Thu Oct 31, 2013  at  02:28 AM
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