Orchids are without a doubt my favorite flowers. They’re so good at looking like something else!
From top to bottom, left to right we have: Dracula simia (the monkey orchid), Orchis Italica (the naked man orchid), Habenaria radiata (the white egret orchid) and Caleana major (the flying duck orchid).
LEYENDAS DEL JAPON
Ohaguro-bettari (Hilera de Dientes Negros)
Es similar a la Ao-nyobo pero en su rostro solo se mira una enorme sonrisa con filas de puntiagudos dientes negros, sin ninguna otra facción y viste un kimono nupcial. En el Japón del periodo Meiji cuando la mujer se casaba se pintaba los dientes de negro como una muestra de su estatus de esposa, por lo que se dice que se trataba de una mujer poco atractiva que nunca pudo casarse y se suicidó. Otra versión dice que se trataba de una vendedora de la tinta oscurecedora. La Ohaguro-bettari suele aparecerse al crepúsculo en templos o santuarios fuera de la ciudad. En raras ocasiones se ha aparecido en casas. Por detrás se le ve como una hermosa mujer vistiendo un espléndido kimono nupcial, pero al acercársele siempre suele voltearse o se tapa el rostro con su kimono. Sin embargo, muchos hombres no pueden resistirse y se acercan más para mirar su cara. Exclamando “¡Gya!” se voltea y revela su horrible cara blanca que de la mitad para abajo pareciera que se parte en dos, mostrando dos largas hileras de dientes negros.
The story of Pascualita, the mannequin.
Pascualita or Little Pascuala is a bridal mannequin that has “lived” in a store window in Chihuahua, Mexico for the past 75 years. That is quite a long time for a bridal gown shop to retain a mannequin, but then the dummy has a rather strange history behind it. According to an urban legend, La Pascualita isn’t a dummy at all, but the perfectly preserved corpse of the previous owner’s daughter.
La Pascualita was first installed in the store window on March 25th, 1930, dressed in a spring-seasonal bridal gown. The effect was instantaneous. People simply could not tear their sight away from this new mannequin, with the wide-set glass eyes, real hair and blushing skin tone. Soon, they realized that the mannequin closely resembled the shop’s owner at the time, Pascuala Esparza. It didn’t take long for them to come to the conclusion that the dummy was in fact the embalmed body of her daughter, who had died recently on her wedding day after being bitten by a Black Widow spider. The daughter’s name has been lost over time, and ‘La Pascualita’ stuck through the years.
Of course, the speculated presence of a corpse must naturally be accompanied by supernatural happenings as well. Several odd incidents have been reported around the dummy, none of which have been confirmed, of course. It is said that a love-sick French magician would arrive at night and magically bring it to life, taking her out to town. A few others believe that her gaze shifts and follows them around the store. At night, she is also believed to shift positions in the window. These tales are pretty scary, perhaps most of all to the shop workers who have to see Pascualita every single day. The ones to leave the shop last are definitely not a happy lot. The dummy’s outfits are changed twice a week behind closed curtains. Sonia Burciaga, a shop worker says, “Every time I go near Pascualita my hands break out in a sweat. Her hands are very realistic and she even has varicose veins on her legs. I believe she’s a real person.” Now, an account like that coming from a person who has actually changed the mannequin’s clothes seems very believable. Could Pascualita really be a 75-year-old corpse?
1st photo credit: Paola Mesta