The Unexplained: Is the mannequin alive?

 

The mannequin in the window of Pascuala Esparza’s bridal shop. Photo: top adventure.com

She died on her wedding day from the bite of a large scorpion. Could Pascaulita’s soul have taken up residence in the mannequin of a bride?

This mystery begins on March 25, 1930 in Chihuahua, Mexico.  A beautiful mannequin appeared in a little out-of-the-way bridal shop.  The mannequin was dressed in a long, white, perfectly-tailored gown that was accompanied by a rhinestone tiara, veil attached.

The total effect of the mannequin in full wedding attire was so stunning and enchanting that little crowds gathered each day.  They oohed and aahed at the mannequin in the window of Pascuala Esparza’s bridal shop.

Sara Marie Hogg

“She came from France.”  This comment was heard coming from the mouth of an admirer more than once, as they gazed at the mannequin.  Insiders that knew the owner of the bridal shop were glad to provide this information for the benefit of the other bystanders.  The bride had human hair and eyelashes and brows.

Every day it seemed that the mannequin got more and more lifelike – the eyes sparkled, the skin glowed.  A few people that knew Pascuala Esparza personally remarked that the mannequin looked familiar. Those with good memories offered that it looked very much like Pascualita (little Pascaula), Pascuala’s beautiful daughter.  Pascualita was no longer among the living.  It was a sad and premature death.

The people that passed by the store front regularly began to notice subtle changes in the mannequin.  Realistic wrinkles began to appear on the palms of the hands.  Raised veins began to appear on the skin. The skin took on strange and radiant tones.  The sparkling eyes seemed to move.  It looked more and more real.  It looked more and more like Pascualita.

Pascualita had never gotten to wed.  She had died on her wedding day from the bite of a large scorpion.

Could Pascaulita’s soul have taken up residence in the mannequin somehow?  There is a rumor and legend that her mother Pascuala  had figured out a way to have her daughter embalmed or mummified so that she could keep her near, and so that she could be the bride she never was.

Is this what is in the window?

Where is the mannequin now?  It is still in the bridal shop in Chihuahua.  If you do a search, it will take you to the site.

Search: La Popular, Calle Guadelupe Victoria, Zona Centro, Chihuahua

The shop will come up.

Admirers often bring flowers and candles to lay at the feet of the mannequin, known also as La Chonita.  Some believe that “at her feet, miracles happen.”

There are several videos online.

One claims to show Pascualita moving at night.

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