The girl died since a century, but the camera captured what no one was supposed to see what most intrigues those who’ve seen her is that she seems to open and close her eyes during the day. Mummies are an important part of world history. There are mummies on every continent and of different kinds, but i’m sure none of them are as beautiful as this little girl who seems to just be taking a nap.
When we hear the word mommy, we immediately think of egypt, pyramids and ancient pharaohs seeking to preserve their mortal remains for all eternity, but the truth of the matter is either by pure chance or on purpose corpses. Show an incredible state of preservation can be found all around the world.
Not only did a secret formula allow rosalia lombardo to become one of the earth’s best preserved mummies, but many even claim that she can open her eyes. One of the last bodies laid to rest in the catacombs of the capuchin monks in palmeiro italy was rosalia rombardo, her preserved corpse is the most famous of the 8 000 bodies once found in the catacombs only two years old when she died on december 6, 1920.
Apparently of a bronchial infection, rosalia has gained fame because of the excellent preservation of her body. She’S, often referred to as the sleeping beauty. Her embalmer was professor alfredo salafia, an italian chemist, who discovered a way to preserve bodies using a special formula starting first with animals.
Then people salafia perfected this process. Eventually he had bombed his own father one’s words spread about his special embalming abilities. The relatives of many famous people began to contact him. These include francisco crispy italian premier, whose poorly preserved body was reconstituted by salafi in 1905 and cardinal michelangelo celestia in 1904. In 1910 he tried to launch the salafia permanent method embalming company, to assist american funeral directors to demonstrate his technique.
He came to the united states and embalmed the unclaimed body of a recently deceased man at the eclectic medical college in new york. According to christine quigley’s book, modern mummies, the preservation of the human body in the 20th century, which remains the best source of information about salafia and rosalia lombardo, the man had died some 10 days earlier, and his body exhibited black and green areas on the face and Neck 15, gallons of salafism bombing fluid were injected distally into the right common corroded artery without draining the blood treating the cavities or carrying out secondary injections. Then the body was stored without refrigeration, though the exact location is apparently not recorded. It’S safe to assume, however, that it would have been kept in a cool place. Six months later, the body was dissected.
Sylvia’S embalming technique had done the trick. His green and black patches on the skin were pretty much disappeared. What’S more, the body was well preserved with the skin firm and moderately hard and dry, no odor of decomposition or fecal odor was present only the chemical order of the embalming fluid in september 1910. A second body was embalmed in syracuse new york. The deceased, however, had suffered from arterial sclerosis and the embalmer professor achilles salome, a nephew of salafia was unable to inject more than six quarts of the fluid.
Six months later, when the body was dissected, attendees concluded that salafia’s method worked whenever it was able to penetrate the tissue which wasn’t universally possible according to embalmers. This is still the case with injected fluid. In 1910, his company began to sell the embalming liquid to american funeral parlors. The details of his life from this point are vague. A year later, his fluid was no longer advertised and dr salafia was back in italy.
In 1920, he embalmed the body of rosalia salafia died in 1933 without releasing the secret of his embalming. Fluid researchers figured that salafi’s formula was most likely an arsenic-based treatment, which was popular at the time that salafi was perfecting his embalming process. According to the handbook of death and dying by clifton d, bryant salavio is a student of dr trencini from naples, who is a proponent of arsenic-based embalming. Trenchini’S formula used one pound of dry arsenic dissolved in wine to create a two gallon solution. It was then injected into the femoral or corroded artery.
Many believe that slavia’s method was a variation of the formula. In fact, arsenic was not part of the formula recently italian biological anthropologist, dario piombini pascali of the institute for mummies and the iceman in bolzano tracked down the formula by contacting salafi’s living relatives and asking for permission to search his papers among the papers was a handwritten Account in which salafia recorded the formula that he used to preserve rosalia’s body, formalin, zinc, salts, alcohol, salicylic, acid and glycerin.
Here’S how the formula worked. According to an article on nationalgeographic.com formalin, a mix of formaldehyde and water was used to kill bacteria alcohol, dried rosalia’s body, glycerin stopped the body from drying out too much and salicylic acid stopped the growth of fungus, but according to melissa, johnson williams, executive director of the American society of embalmers, it was the zinc salts that were most responsible for rosalia’s.
Amazing state of preservation, zinc, which is no longer used by embalmers in the united states, gave her rigidity. William said you could take her out of the casket prop her up and she would stand by herself. The techniques used by alfredo salafia have marveled many. The body’s been well preserved, such that it remains intact close to a century after it was first embalmed. A recent x-ray of the body shows that rosalia’s organs are still intact, although there were noted signs of decomposition, prompting the move of the body to a drier spot in the catacombs, the original coffin was placed in an enclosure which was filled with nitrogen gas to prevent Any further decay, thousands of visitors each year flocked to these sicilian catacombs just to catch a glimpse of her tiny body.
The mummy is documented as one of the best preserved bodies and not just that. It continues to marvel many, especially those who claim that its eyes open every day. We live in a world full of wonders, but some of them have been exaggerated due to a lack of understanding. For so long, people have thought that rosalia had been opening her eyes. Despite being dead and mummified for over a hundred years, the mystery has been resolved by an anthropologist and curator dario piambini pascali.
The anthropologist debunked the myth explaining that what actually appears as the eye’s opening is an optical illusion, which is produced by the light filtering through the windows. He made this discovery when the mummy was moved to a different area of the room. The movement led to a slight shift allowing the anthropologist to see the eyelids better than before. He noticed that they’re not fully closed, emphasizing that they have actually never been closed. It’S not only the eye opening mystery, that’s mesmerized people when they visit rosalia.
They also marvel at the body and wonder how it could remain intact. After so long, some people say that alfredo salafia may have taken his embalming formula to the grave, but pmbino believes he unraveled the mystery and the formula used for so long. No one has been able to figure out what chemicals were used to preserve the body. The kabuchan catacombs of palermo is located in sicily. The catacombs were carved out of limestone caves in the 16th century.
It’S believed that the catacombs were carved out after the local order of capuchin friars ran out of burial space. According to legend 45 dead monks didn’t have a burial placed after the cemetery had no room, so they built the new tomb. The friars were shocked when they found that their 45 brothers that were placed in the catacombs didn’t decompose. It likely happened naturally due to the conditions of the environment, but the monks believed that it was a godly miracle. The dead monks were put on display so that their miraculous remains could be viewed soon.
After the mummified monks became known, the capuchin catacombs became a desirable place to be buried between the 17th and 19th centuries. Many affluent plairemites paid to be laid to rest in the catacombs inside the mummies were displayed based on their social status, their sex and their profession. They had special corridors and chapels set up for women, men, children, virgins families, the clergy and professional specialists in 1880. The catacombs were full to capacity and they closed the door to new arrivals after they stopped allowing new arrivals in. There were only two exceptions made.
The first was in 1911 and the body of giovanni paternity, the vice council of the united states, was admitted inside. The second was in 1920 and it was the body of a little girl named rosalia lombardo. Many people who have seen rosalina’s remains believe that her restless spirit haunts her body. There have been reports that her cool blue eyes opening and staring at those who observe it. It’S believed that she opens her eyes several times a day and it’s been documented.
At least one photographer has captured her eyes. Opening paranormal enthusiasts believe that her soul still possesses her body. Skeptics believe that the humidity and the ambient temperatures in the catacombs are responsible for her eyes. Opening biombino mescali, the curator of the cattle combs, believes that it’s merely an optical illusion, produced by the light that comes in from the side windows. He also says that when her body was placed in the coffin that her eyes weren’t completely closed, the girl has been dead for a century.
So when you see what she does, you’ll be terrified the sight of her eyes opening is as frightening as it is terrifying. Maybe she’s haunting her own body, but perhaps there’s a scientific reason. We may never know. However, in the mid 2000s, the first signs of decomposition became noticeable, and now it’s obvious that the girl is dead to prevent further destruction of body tissues. The coffin of rosalia lombardo was moved to a drier place and enclosed in a glass container filled with nitrogen.
However, the most striking part is still the little girl’s expression which remains intact, almost 100 years after her death speaking to the quality of salafia’s work. In fact, a video composite of several time-lapse photographs appears to reveal lombardo opening her eyes by a fraction of an inch, while this set the internet ablaze with tales of the mummy who could open her eyes. In 2009, italian paleo pathologist dario piambino mescale debunked the central myth surrounding rosalia lombardo.
It’S synoptical illusion, produced by the light that filters through the side windows which, during the day is subject to change. He said in a statement: according to science alert pmbino muscali made the discovery when he noticed that workers at the museum had moved the mummy’s case, which caused her to shift slightly and allowed him to see her eyelids better than ever before.
They’Re not completely closed, and indeed they never have been. He said so when the light changes and hits her eyes at different angles, it can appear as though the eyes are opening it was designed to block any bacteria or fungi thanks to a special film. It also protects the body from the effects of light daryopium binomuscali, the paleopathologist said according to gizmodo now biambino muscali hopes tourists will stop fabricating totally unfounded stories about rosalia lombardo.