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After 152 years after she died Julia Pastrana, Norway, Mexico, give her mummified remains. The news was reported on August 3 Norwegian news agency The Local. At the time, the name Pastrana thundered throughout the world, "a female monkey" with the company of the same monsters toured many countries, and everywhere it took to cheer.

Overseas trick

In the summer of 1858 in the newspaper "Vedomosti Moscow city police" have published a small announcement: "In the Garden" Hermitage "on Thursday, June 3, great fun and a musical evening, which arrived in the capital of this very well-known phenomenon Miss Julia Pastrana for the first time will have the honor appear before the Moscow public. Price for input 1 ruble 50 kopecks silver per person. Children pay half. "

Who would have thought that this little article will cause such a great interest! "Hermitage" once occupied the crowd wanting to see for overseas "monster." The host institution, which was to speak woman-monster, biting his elbows, his booth could not accommodate everyone. On the day of submission of institution stormed. To restore order, had to call the police.

Pro and con

Julia Pastrana gave Moscow a dozen performances, not counting the "courtesy visit." Woman of fashion was ugly: a night several times costume changes, then appearing in the guise of the Greek goddess, the American sailor, the daring Spaniard. Artist down the hall, with a triumphant air survey of premises, seductively smiling and allowing viewers to touch themselves, and those who sat in the gallery, sending kisses. Then went up to the stage and began to sing and dance. Her Spanish dance was not without a certain elegance, but with the voice of Julia was a disaster. But the public is just as confused as the ugly face of the actress. A writer admitted that he looked at the view with a heavy heart, and asked readers: "Why is this woman to drive through the crowd, as a scholar of the beast?" Another grumbled that "… the victim of the vagaries of nature make toys korystolyubtsev greedy." Among the opponents of the "show" and was well-known poet Fyodor Tyutchev wrote June 21, 1858 his wife: "Not long ago, a large meeting, it happens twice a week in his park, everyone can enjoy the disgusting Julia Pastrana, was invited to dine for 200 rubles and made the evening a walk arm in arm with the masters of this elegant society. There is a famous boorish (canaille) style, which is very well highlighted on a gold background. " But few in the humanists, did not hide his indignation unhealthy interest of the public to deformities poor woman who drowned in a sea of rave reviews. Lawyer Anatoly Koni Julia described quite differently: "A beautifully composed woman with a pleasant voice and a face big hairy ape, resembling a cross between a gorilla and a baboon."

Terribly much horror

So how did look Pastrana? Refer to the contemporary: "Her hands are beautiful, slender legs, but struck the face! She has great ears, eyes, black, fast, and in outline long and narrow. The forehead is low and flattened, broad nose and completely without cartilage, his hair, beard and whiskers as black as ebony, and, in general, the whole face is covered with them. " Here is another portrait: "His cheeks, her chin covered with thick hair. Mustaches are rare. On the ears — dark pieces of hair. Neck, chest and hands are covered with hair. " While Julia was not mentally retarded, in fact, knew several languages, could well hold a conversation on any topic. She quickly mastered the art of the circus, although described as "art," her statement could be a stretch. However, according to other sources, a female monster did not have the power of speech, and on stage only served strange gestures, completely arbitrary and devoid of any sense of it. But the audience and that was enough.

Mowgli by Mexican

About Julia Pastrana were many rumors that are true and which are false, now doznatsya difficult. It was said that she was the daughter of great apes and women, kidnapped quadrupeds. Child found her peasants in the mountain forests of the Sierra Madre Mexican state of Sinaloa away from populated areas. She suffered hypertrichosis: her face and body, except the palms and soles were covered with straight black coarse hair. The ears and nose were unusually large, like teeth, strongly protruding, which made her look like a gorilla. Her height was only 138 cm By the way, the description left by Charles Darwin himself, who says, Pastrana, despite the ugliness, great dancing, and was kind and friendly woman. Darwin can be trusted, for kindness, in the end, let down the poor thing.

Stellar career

Julia worked as a servant in the State of Sinaloa semegubernatora Pedro Sanchez, until he accidentally met a resourceful American Rights MA. He immediately realized that at this appearance can be earned, and quickly persuaded Julia to join the circus. Her first appearance as an exhibit to the freak show was held in the Gothic Hall in New York. She then appeared in Cleveland, but with a different manager (and most likely, the new owner) named Beach. There, she took part in the solemn military parades and balls, and the soldiers lined up to dance with her. Then went to London with a new manager Theodore tape (according to other sources — Lewis Lent). Lent taught her to dance, play musical instruments and took a world tour titled "Bearded and Hairy Lady". In 1857 in Germany Lent faced with a problem — the authorities banned his idea for immorality. According to the scenario a young man in love with a girl, had no idea what a freak deal. And she opened in his absence the person closed the veil and show the public its defects. The audience fell out laughing. But police this number did not seem funny. Theodore with his actors out of the country. So rogue ended up in Russia. Here, from the theater had a great prima embarrassment.

The Mummy Returns

There were rumors that Julia does not suffer from a lack of fans. Rather, he wrote gossip Lent: secretly he wanted to give his his protege to marry and spend the rest of life somewhere in a warm place to got for her money. Anyway, during a tour of Julia … pregnant. In 1860, she gave birth to a child, all covered with hair. Kid spent a couple of days, and she died as a result of Pastrana postnatal complications five days later. Tapes persuaded Professor of Moscow University Sukolova mummify mother and child, and then put the mummy in a glass case and was put on display. Sukolov to sue him in court: Theodore promised mummy Anatomical Institute of Moscow University. But unexpectedly won the Lent — who would have imagined that this rascal was secretly married to Pastrana! After the scandal, he was exiled from Russia along with the mummies. For some time he has toured Europe, and later found a similar ugly, married her and named Zeno Pastrana. Wandering troupe for a while yet around the country until the fraudster landed in a psychiatric hospital. Zeno sold mummy, and for a while they disappeared from public view. They showed up in 1921 in Norway a certain Mr. Lund, display them in the "Room of Horrors". During the German occupation of the new owner convinced the Germans that the mummies can earn, and so has saved from destruction. So mummy "survived" to this day. Until the 1970s, they were exposed, and then under pressure from the public exhibition was closed. In August 1976, vandals broke into the store, mutilated mummy of the child, and her remains ate the mouse. Mother was more fortunate. In 1979, it was placed in the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Oslo, which is later forgotten. In 1990, she was found in a sealed coffin at the Department of Anatomy of the University of Oslo. In 1994, Norway Senate recommended to bury her, but the Minister has decided to keep the body of science that scientists could study with him. Finally, in 2012, the Norwegian authorities decided to return the body to Mexico. Maybe Julia Pastrana finally acquire long-awaited peace in their homeland.

Ksenia Svetlova

Category: Unexplained Phenomena

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