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Saturday, April 18, 2015


The memories that are left behind by our beloved departed ones were really a treasure for us. But for some people, their loved ones are their most precious treasure so even though they are already dead they believe that they must be retained in their original physical looks.

Watch this video of the mystery behind the so-called “World’s Most Beautiful Mummy” and see what a father’s love can do.

This is about Rosalia Lombardo (1918 in Palermo, Italy – December 6, 1920), was a two-year-old Italian child who died of pneumonia. Rosalia's father, Official Mario Lombardo, was sorely grieved upon her death, so he approached Alfredo Salafia, a noted embalmer, to preserve her. Her body was one of the last corpses to be admitted to the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily.

This mystery took place because of Salafia's embalming techniques. The body was well preserved and “X-rays” of the body show that all the organs are remarkably intact. Rosalia Lombardo's body is kept in a small chapel at the end of the catacomb's tour and is encased in a glass covered coffin, placed on a wooden pedestal. A 2009 National Geographic photograph of Rosalia Lombardo shows the mummy is beginning to show signs of decomposition, most notably discoloration. To address these issues the mummy was moved to a drier spot in the catacombs, and her original coffin was placed in a hermetically sealed glass enclosure with nitrogen gas to prevent decay. The mummy is one of the best preserved bodies in the catacombs.

This amazing mummification techniques used by Salafia were discovered in a handwritten memoir of Salafia's. Salafia injected the cadaver with a fluid made of formalin to kill bacteria, alcohol to dry the body, glycerin to keep her from over drying, salicylic acid to kill fungi, and zinc salts to give her body rigidity.

Lastly, the formula's composition is "one part glycerin, one part formalin saturated with both zinc sulfate and chloride, and one part of an alcohol solution saturated with salicylic acid.

There is really no impossible thing especially to those who believe. Even though this is kinda scary, this attempt to preserve the child’s body is one of the greatest discoveries of all time!
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