Disturbing Moment #Corpse Of #Child Saint Is Caught Opening Her Eyes
So let’s say for some reason, you’re in Mexico. Maybe you’re looking for an alternative area of travel to turn your Instagram followers green with envy, maybe you’re on the run from the CIA. We’re not here to judge. Anyway, at one point, you decide to pay a visit to the Cathedral of Guadalajara, perhaps to claim sanctuary from arrest, or maybe to soak up the cultural riches on display. This is when you come across Santa Inocencia (Saint Innocence, for the English-speakers), a 300-year old child forever encased in glass. Okay. It’s slightly creepy and you’ve (hopefully) never seen a dead body before, but they do this kind of thing in Egypt all the time and it’s considered cultural. So you take a good look at the well preserved dead body on display.
Which is when Santa Inocencia betrays her name and opens her eyes, looking through your pupils and into your soul (which, by the way, you no longer have). Of course, you crap yourself. It’s probably just that dodgy enchilada you had earlier.
If your imagination isn’t that great (and on this occasion I don’t blame you), there’s a video that’ll do most of the work for you, and leave that image burned into your retinas every time you close your eyes. Please turn over to the next page to watch the video.
Immaculately preserved corpses are fun enough as it is, but what happens when its eyes open? Have a look at the video below, and find out for yourselves:
Well, that was somehow worse than I thought it would be. It starts off innocently enough; the unlucky patron (wo)manning the camera takes a curious look at Santa Inocencia, who’s decided to up the creepy factor by turning out in a white wedding dress.
At one point, the camera looks away to the left and to the right, perhaps exploring the area around the shrine, or perhaps a little bit bored. It’s at this point that Santa Inocencia’s eyes open, staring at the camera with an expression that says “could you operate that camera a little more quietly, please? I’m trying to die over here,” which somehow makes it all the more terrifying.
After you’ve exhausted your desire to scream and your heart rate has returned to normal, let’s take the moment to wonder how Santa Inocencia came to be, and work out why she got her moniker.Check it out on the next page.
If you know anything about sainthood, you know that anybody that’s been considered has to have conducted themselves immaculately throughout their lives, and more importantly, you know that at one point, there’s going to be an explicitly gory and probably needless death. Saint Inocencia is no exception.
It starts off like your average fairy tale: a little girl wants to join her friends in taking the communion, but her father forbids it, as fathers tend to do for some reason. Just like the Little Mermaid. Maybe she’ll run away from home, and end up taking communion and winning her father’s love, all with the help of a crab with a Jamaican accent and…
No. Inocencia got stabbed to death by her father, after he learns that she goes to communion behind his back. You’d think the version of the story with the trident would be the one that ended with the stabbing, but no. Try and make a jaunty cartoon out of that one, Disney.
Anyway, to commemorate her love for God, Inocencia was named a Saint, representing the silent love of Christ. Wait, what? Not patriarchal rage? Not defiance? Not even grisly fairy tales? That’s not the conclusion I would have come to, but I’m not a priest, I guess.
In all seriousness, the likelihood that a preserved-for-300-years corpse just up and opened its eyes is pretty low. Something to pay attention to in the video is the awkward cut just before her eyes open, and the blur as her surely defunct eye muscles force open her cracking eyelids. Sorry, those of you who have already denounced God and are burning your clothes in an offering to the frozen head of Walt Disney, this appears to be just a cleverly-done video editing job. Didn’t half scare me, though.
Apparently, mixing Mexico and presumed long-dead religious figures has precedent for becoming terrifying.