Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Mexican 'Ape woman' buried after 150 years [Picture]
'Ape woman' buried after 150 years- An indigenous Mexican woman on display in the Victorian era Europe was due to a rare genetic disorder that was covered her face in her thick hair in her home state on Tuesday in a ceremony that one of the most famous episodes ends buried at a time when corpses as human treated as a collectible specimen.
With her hairy face and body, protruding jaw and other malformations, Julia Pastrana became known as "monkey woman" after the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa left in 1854 when she was 20, and was hit in the United States of Showman Theodore Lent, according to a Norwegian Commission, which investigated her case.
They sang and danced for paying audience, always a sensation. Also toured Europe and Russia You and Lent married and had a son, but she developed fever to complications from the birth, and died with her baby in 1860 in Moscow. Her remains ended up at the University of Oslo, Norway. After public and private demands on their bodies back, the university sent her remains to the state of Sinaloa, where they were laid to rest.
"Julia Pastrana has come home," said Saul Rubio Ayala, mayor of her home town of Sinaloa de Leyva. "Julia has been reborn among us. Let us never another woman be turned into an object of trade."
After a Roman Catholic Mass at a local church, Pastrana coffin was carried to the city cemetery and buried as a band played traditional music.
"The story is so important," said visual artist Laura Anderson Barbata who fought for Pastrana returned to Sinaloa. "Bringing back here is a way to restore it."
Pastrana repatriation is part of a broader movement among museums and scientific institutions, human remains during the European colonization of Latin America, Africa and Asia gathered back to their countries and send tribal areas.
Hundreds of thousands of relics cultural institutions in the U.S., Europe and Australia left since the repatriation movement began in the late 1980s, when a new generation of anthropologists, archaeologists, curators confrontation with the colonial legacy of their disciplines began, said Tiffany Jenkins, author of "contestation Human Remains in Museum Collections:. The crisis of cultural authority "
"You have been symbolic, in a way; make an apology," said Jenkins.