La Pascualita: Town Believes Mysterious Mannequin Is Alive

Sameera Ehteram
There’s a mannequin in a small Mexican town that is said to be the embalmed body of the store’s former owner's daughter. A myth or real – you decide!

This is an urban legend that cannot simply be swept under the rug.

Pascualita, a mannequin, stands in the window of a bridal gown store in the Mexican city of Chihuahua. Lifelike and beautiful, dressed in a stunning wedding gown, she certainly doesn’t lack admirers.

According to local legend however, the mannequin is really the embalmed body of the former store owner's daughter. The former store owner’s name was Pascuala Esparza and La Pascualita, which means "little Pascuala," the mannequin in the window was her daughter.

The legend goes that the daughter died from the bite of a black widow spider on her wedding day. Unable to part with her daughter and beyond sorrow, Pascuala embalmed her and stood her up in the window of the store. And here she has stayed for over 80 years.

It is highly unlikely that an embalmed body can have its flesh that perfectly preserved. But looking closely at the mannequin, you might seriously be inclined to believe the legend.

Just have a look:

Have you ever seen a mannequin with hands like these?

Have a closer look…

And then of course there are the whispered and not so whispered eye witness accounts that swear her eyes move when people walk past the storefront, and that she changes positions at night. Others claim she grins subtly when they look at her. There are those as well who say that she is warm to the touch.

La Pascualita’s dress is changed twice a week behind a curtain. Sonia Burciaga, a shop worker, is freaked out and says, “Every time I go near Pascualita my hands break out in a sweat. Her hands are very realistic and she even has varicose veins on her legs. I believe she’s a real person.”

Whether real or not, one thing is for sure, La Pascualita has stood stately and beautiful for almost a century looking as beautiful and fresh as ever.

She is honored during the Day of the Dead festival and schoolchildren place flowers before her to honor her spirit.