(ConservativeCore.com)- Peruvian authorities said Julio Cesar Bermejo, 26, had a mummy that he kept in a food delivery bag and referred to as his spiritual girlfriend, “Juanita.”
He was arrested, and the mummy he called his “girlfriend” was subsequently revealed to be a male. He was a Juan, not a Juanita.
The mummy, which is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old, has been in his family for at least 30 years, ever since his father handed it to him. When pressed, he couldn’t explain how his dad came to own the body.
“It sleeps in my bedroom, with me,” Bermejo told a local news site.
The mummy is thought to be a guy who was 45 years old, 4 feet 11 inches tall, and died between 600 and 800 years ago.
According to police, Bermejo took the mummy to a desolate park in Puno, Peru, a city in the southeast of the nation on the edge of Lake Titicaca, to drink with him and two companions. As the story goes, he showed off “Juanita” to his pals. It was reported that a mummy had been found curled up in the fetal position inside a red food delivery bag, and police were sent to the location. The mummy has been officially declared a “cultural treasure” by the Ministry of Culture, which has pledged to “guard and conserve the legacy.”
The Peruvian government is investigating crimes committed against Peru’s cultural heritage.
The isothermal bag the guy had used to transport food to people’s homes was where the mummy was discovered.
According to BBC News, pre-Hispanic mummies are often found in fetal positions and wrapped in bandages. The American Museum of Natural History reports that mummification was performed by several societies in Peru dating back more than 7,000 years, long before the arrival of the Spaniards. Mummies were supposedly often displayed in homes and taken to celebrations during this period.
The museum claims that thousands of years before the Egyptians, a tribal tribe called the Chinchorros existed in Peru and Chile and were the first to undertake mummification. Late in 2021, archaeologists in Lima, the capital city, discovered a mummy believed to be between 800 and 1,200 years old. CNN reports that it had a rope around its body and was shielding its face with its hands. Six infants and eight adults were among the mummies unearthed in Lima last February.