Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Legend of Chihuahua’s Mannequin Bride

Oh Chihuahua, you just keep finding more ways to make me adore you.

There are few things in this world I appreciate more than a good urban legend or ghost story. Forget Pancho Villa and Benito Juarez, Chihuahua’s most famous resident legend just might be a lovely and mysterious young thing named La Pascualita.

The story, as told to us by our guide, went something like this: Many years ago the daughter of a local bridal shop owner died on her wedding day when she placed a wedding veil on her head and was bitten by a scorpion.  Devastated, the owner had her daughter embalmed and turned into a mannequin for her storefront window, where she stands to this day.   

As with most tales, the details have changed over time.  Some versions claim she was actually killed by the bite of a black widow, others insist she was shot down by a jealous lover.

We only saw La Pascualita from a distance, but if I’d gotten closer I might have been able to see her famous penetrating eyes, the blue veins in her hands, or her sculpted fingernails.  Perhaps she might even have turned her head to look at me, as she is rumored to do when approached by other women crossed by love.

You can read more about her story in a news article here, or watch a YouTube investigation (in Spanish) here.  Whatever the true fate of La Pascualita, gracias Chihuahua, I do love a town with a good local legend. 

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