The Mummies of Guanajuato are a number of naturally mummified bodies buried during a cholera outbreak around Guanajuato, Mexico in 1833. Many of the bodies who buried instantly to control the spread of disease, although some were thought to be buried alive on accident. In 1870, the mummies started being exhumed after a law was enacted stating that families must pay a burial tax if they want their loved ones to remain buried. Those who could not afford it would have their loved ones’ bodies removed and placed in a museum. The museum still stands to this day.