After 150 years how much of her was left to bury?
“Ape Woman” Buried In Mexico 150 Years After Death
The “ugliest woman in the world” was buried in her native northern Mexico on Tuesday, more than 150 years after her death and a tragic life spent exhibited as a freak of nature at circuses around the world.
Born in Mexico in 1834, Julia Pastrana suffered from hypertrichosis and gingival hyperplasia, diseases that gave her copious facial hair and a thick-set jaw. These features led to her being called a “bear woman” or “ape woman.”
During the mid-1850s, Pastrana met Theodore Lent, a U.S. impresario who toured the singing and dancing Pastrana at freak shows across the United States and Europe before marrying her.
In 1860, Pastrana died in Moscow after giving birth to Lent’s son, who inherited his mother’s condition. The son died a few days later, and Lent then toured with the mother and son’s embalmed remains. After changing hands over the ensuing decades, both bodies ended up at the University of Oslo in Norway.
Says Sinaloa state Gov. Mario Lopez:
“Imagine the aggression and cruelty of humankind she had to face, and how she overcame it. It’s a very dignified story,” said Mario Lopez, the governor of Sinaloa state who lobbied to have her remains repatriated to her home state for burial.
“When I heard about this Sinaloan woman, I said there’s no way she can be left locked away in a warehouse somewhere,” he said.
We would say that this Lent character ain’t isht, but at least he did marry the lady. However, travelling the country with her and the son’s embalmed bodies to make a couple bucks is shady to say the least.
R.I.P. Julia Pastrana
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