Photos: World's Most Horrifying Mummies

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Momias de Guanajuatto in Mexico.
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Catacombs of the Capuchins
Catacombs of the Capuchins
Catacombs of the Capuchins
Lenin's Mausoleum
ITAR-TASS Photo Agency / Alamy
Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Jeremy Bentham
"Ötzi" at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
Courtesy South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
"Ötzi" at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
Courtesy South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
"Ötzi" at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
Courtesy South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, Foto Ochsenreiter
  Museo Arqueológio
Eye Ubiquitous / SuperStock
  Museo Arqueológio
Vietnam History Museum
Itigilov at the Ivolginsky Temple in Buryatia, Russia.
El Brujo Archeological Complex
Courtesy debord/Flickr
El Brujo Archeological Complex
El Brujo Archeological Complex

Forget about the deadly monsters that desert winds conjure up in the series of blockbuster Mummy movies. There's nothing scarier—or more thrilling—than getting face-to-face with an ancient body. Our challenge? To wrap up the most visually compelling desiccated corpses we could find. From a Communist heavy hitter to a Buddhist monk perpetually set in the lotus position, we got the goods.

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