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Name That Trauma/Traumafessions :: Reader Grayson K. on The Mummies of Guanajuato (Book)

January 26th, 2011 by aunt john · 6 Comments


I’ve debated telling this one because I have yet to identify the details, but finally decided the world should know…

When I was in 3rd grade or so, I had a friend in my class who owned a peculiar book. From what I remember, it was taller and wider than a regular book, but much thinner and full of nothing but photos. We would look through it from time to time when the teacher wasn’t around and I remember requesting him to bring it on many occasions… a request I would always regret once the day was over and it was bedtime. The subject matter was consistent; dead people. Decomposing people photographed in a portrait like manner.

Specifically, the photos were of remains of coffins that were dug up mere decades after their burial. Probably less time had passed; many of them had suits and dresses on that were not completely eaten away. They were mainly just skeletons with clothes on, and some even had some hair left. One photo was of a woman who apparently was buried alive; a separate photo of the top of the coffin contained scratches and pieces of fingernails.

To this day I do not know what the book was, why it was made or how it fell into the hands of school children (… and yes, I would love a copy).

AUNTIE SEZ: Before we were able to publish this Name That Trauma, Grayson followed up with this email:

If you DO use the kindertrauma that I sent, I have an update; I found the book!

Here it is on Amazon: The Mummies of Guanajuato.

Thanks Kindertrauma!

Tags: Name That Trauma! · Traumafessions

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Binrow The Heretic
Binrow The Heretic
9 years ago

I think Werner Herzog filmed the real deal for his remake of NOSFERATU. Went to Mexico specifically to film the mummies for the opening title sequence.

unkle lancifer
9 years ago

Nice call Binrow!!!,

Such a great credit sequence…and that score is phenomenal….

Ryan Clark
9 years ago

I had heard about these mummies before but forgot about it until I read this post. Fascinating! I realize it’s basically a picture book (although I am interested to read the story by Ray Bradbury included in the book) but I just picked up a copy.

9 years ago

Some of the mummies still have their shoes on. For some reason this really weirds me out.

At first glimpse I thought that said, “Name Twat Trauma” :-O

Ryan Clark
9 years ago

Oh poo. The order I made for this book got canceled. I can only assume one of you lucky bastards beat me to it!! 😉

9 years ago

I’ve seen those damn things in real life. Fourth weirdest museum I’ve ever been to. The pregnant woman, the baby, the fetus, the novelty postcards with the funny word balloons, my girlfriend saying she had a crush on one of the mummies…yeah, that was trauma.