The ugliest woman was buried 153 years later
Artist Laura Anderson achieved the burial of the famous "woman obyazyany" Julia Pastrana in Mexico.
"The world's ugliest woman" was interred on Tuesday in her historic homeland of Mexico. More than 153 years Julia Pastrana scared people with her appearance as an exhibit of the museum.
The burial of one of the most famous Mexicans of the past was made possible thanks to the efforts of artist Laura Anderson Barbati, who for 10 years led a lawsuit with the authorities of Norway for the extradition of Yulia’s remains. In her opinion, it is simply ugly to exhibit a deceased person who has already become an exhibit during her lifetime, and she has the right to be buried like all normal people.
The mummy of Julia Pastrana has been in Norway since 1921
Pastrana, born in 1834, has become famous for rare congenital mutations - hypertrichosis and gingival hyperplasia. Because of her illnesses, her appearance was very peculiar: her entire body, except for her palms and the soles of her feet, was covered with thick hair.And because of the hyperplasia of the gums, Julia was of impressive size, which made her look like an animal. During the lifetime of the Mexican called none other than "female bear" or "monkey woman."
After the fateful meeting with impresario Theodore Lent, the whole of Europe learned about the amazing appearance of Yulia - she even visited Russia with tours.
In 1857, Theodore married his ward, and in 1860 they had a son: inheriting the vices of his mother, he lived only one day. According to some reports, Julia and the baby died after giving birth during a tour in Moscow.
Artist Laura Anderson Barbata at the grave of Julia in Mexico
But the unusual woman managed to catch the fancy of domestic artists - Arkady Averchenko in his story “At the French Exhibition in One Hundred Years” talks about an amazing Mexican woman, also references to the “woman-monkey” can be found in the story of Leo Tolstoy “Polikushka”.
After the death of Yulia and her son, the physicians helped Theodor to mummify their bodies, with which he continued his touring activities until the interest of the audience died out.
Since 1921, the remains of the "monkey woman" and her child have been in Norway.However, the mummy of the newborn could not be saved.
The last 20 years have not abated disputes about the fate of "the ugliest woman in the world." In 2012, the Norwegian authorities decided to return the remains to their homeland for burial.