Armando González Opinion
The majestic Pico de Orizaba. The majestic Pico de Orizaba.

Bodies in the snow and other themes

The majestic mountain of Orizaba kept them secret for 50 years

Last week, by accident, a frozen body was discovered, its upper half protruding from the snow. Some shreds of clothing covered the corpse, which was all skin and bones.

The death could have been the result of the cold, the body then covered and preserved by the snows of the Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico.

Just as members of Civil Protection of Chalchicomula, Puebla (what an amusing name!), and Mexican Alpine Rescue volunteers were preparing to recover the body, supposedly buried for over 50 years, they discovered a second body lying under the snow, in a lower position from the first. Recovery maneuvers were suspended, and a new search began in the area surrounding the bodies.

Having gone missing so many years ago their identification might be difficult, but surely there are people still alive today who will eventually reclaim the bodies.

The two were found in what appeared to be an embrace, perhaps trying to heat themselves during the last moments of their lives.

Little by little, these human remains will start telling their story, kept a secret by the majestic mountain.

A few years ago, on a slope in the Italian Alps, a body in superb state of preservation was also found by accident. It was lying under a thick ice cover, the clothes almost whole.

After studies and analyses, it was concluded that the body belonged to a primitive hunter who might have lost his way over 5,000 years ago. His discovery offered priceless information regarding his habits, garments, genetic code, eating habits and physical constitution.

We humans have changed so little throughout the centuries. Now, as then, we strive for survival, going to hunt or to work, threatened by primitive dangers or a hectic and stressful modern life.

We still weep for our dead, and honor them, as we still protect our own. Some, like those three who were ensnared by mountains, never returned home, where for a long time they were surely missed.

Armando González is a journalist and broadcaster who lives in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.


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