Mummies of Guanajuato and Premature Burial

One article that I read today triggered me to write this post. The article was about non-egyptian mummies.

What struck me most about this article were the mummies of Guanajuato in Mexico. These people were buried due to a cholera epidemic outbreak in 1833. And there bodies were mummified naturally–due to the air and weather in the area.


Mummies of Guanajuato in Mexico housed in a local museum
Mummies of Guanajuato in Mexico housed in a local museum, photo from


But the interesting part I learned about this event was that some of these people were buried alive, and these could be seen from their horrific facial expressions.

Head of a Mummy in Guanajuatos Mummy Museum. Photo taken from
Head of a Mummy in Guanajuato's Mummy Museum. Photo taken from

If you want to visit the mummy museum, their address is Municipal Pantheon Esplanade, Downtown, C.P. 36000, Guanajuato, Mexico. Find out more through their official website.


Buried Alive

The premature burial of some of the mummies in Guanajuato lead me to another topic to look up in Google and that is the topic of being buried alive. So I googled “buried alive”, and found interesting facts about it from Wikipedia.

I learned that:

    • George Washington feared of premature burial that he asked his servants not to bury him until it passed three days from his death.
    • A medieval philisopher named John Duns Scotus of Scotland is said to have been accidentally buried alive – when his tomb was reopened, his body was reportedly found outside his coffin with his hands torn and bloody after attempting to escape.
    • Oran, a sixth-century monk on Iona: having presumably been declared dead, he was buried, but was dug up again the following day and found to be alive. He is said to have subsequently been re-buried for heresy when he claimed that after his first burial he had seen heaven and hell.

Buried Alive in Philippines Search

Being an SEO writer, I couldn’t help myself thinking how many people searched for the keywords “buried alive“. Surprisingly about 1000-2000 people do search that in Google everyday and most of them come from the Philippines. (Disclaimer: I just estimated the number of people by comparing it to the amount of traffic from a keyword I know of.) I am not sure if location has a value on Google Trends results, but it is interesting to find that Filipinos do search about it.