China Turns Out Mummified Bodies for Displays – David Barboza

2005072722433034.jpg From the New York Times:

Tucked away in the back of this coastal city’s export-oriented manufacturing zone is a place that can only be described as a modern mummification factory.

Inside a series of unmarked buildings, hundreds of Chinese workers, some seated in assembly line formations, are cleaning, cutting, dissecting, preserving and re-engineering human corpses, preparing them for the international museum exhibition market.

“Pull the cover off; pull it off,” one Chinese manager says as a team of workers begin to lift a blanket from the head of a cadaver stored in a stainless steel container filled with formalin, a chemical preservative. “Let’s see the face; show the face.”[Full Text]


See video show by NYTimes “China’s Ghastly New Industry” and the Guardian’s “Selected exhibits from Body Worlds

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