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Drunk Man Busted With 800-Year-Old Mummy He Calls His ‘Spiritual Girlfriend’

Samantha Franco
Photo Credit: FPG / Hulton Archive / Getty Images and FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP / Getty Images
Photo Credit: FPG / Hulton Archive / Getty Images and FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP / Getty Images

When Peruvian police approached a group of three young inebriated men, they weren’t expecting to find a mummified corpse in their possession, hidden in a delivery bag. Taking what he believed to be a mummified girl out for a bit of day drinking with his friends, the mummy’s owner was detained and the archaeological discovery was brought to the appropriate authorities.

The police did a search of their possessions

Police made a shocking discovery after approaching the young men who were acting drunk at the Mantaro viewpoint in Puno, located in the southern part of Peru. The area is known for its archaeological significance, which coincides with what they discovered on the men. With them was a food delivery cooler that held the remains of a mummified human in a fetal position.

The 26-year-old who brought the mummy to their day-drinking location was Julio Cesar Bermejo, a former delivery man. Apparently, he took the mummy, which was wrapped in bandages and still had soft tissue, to show off to his friends. He called the mummy “Juanita” and claimed she is a kind of “spiritual girlfriend” to him. “At home, she’s in my room, she sleeps with me. I take care of her,” he said in a video.

His family had the mummy for decades

Bermejo explained to the police that the mummy belonged to his family, his father having gained possession of it after paying 2,000 Peruvian sol ($527 USD) about 30 or 40 years ago. He said that at the time, it was “a lot of money.” Apparently, his father had previously tried to donate the mummy to a museum but his efforts had failed. Instead, the family decided to keep the mummy, housing it in a box that sat next to their television.

The Ministry of Culture helped identify it

The police confiscated the mummy from Bermejo and handed it over to the Peruvian Ministry of Culture “with the aim of protecting and preserving this heritage.” Following an investigation into the mummy, the Ministry was able to identify that the remains were not female, but instead belonged to a man who lived past the age of 45 and was around five feet in height. They were also able to determine that the remains were approximately 600 to 800 years old and likely from the district of Patambuco.

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Bermejo and his two friends, aged 23 and 26, were detained since the police discovered them drunkenly harboring a mummy. They are now being investigated for possible crimes against the country’s cultural heritage.

Samantha Franco

Samantha Franco is a Freelance Content Writer who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Guelph, and her Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Western Ontario. Her research focused on Victorian, medical, and epidemiological history with a focus on childhood diseases. Stepping away from her academic career, Samantha previously worked as a Heritage Researcher and now writes content for multiple sites covering an array of historical topics.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, knitting, and hanging out with her dog, Chowder!