Thursday, June 10, 2021

Pasqual Piñón - The Two-Headed Mexican

Since the origins of man, there have been human beings with some deformity in their body. A curious case is Pascual Piñon, born in Mexico in 1889 and died in 1929 in Texas. He was known as ' The Mexican with Two Heads. ' This is his incredible story.

Pascual Piñon emigrated to Texas to work on the railroad works. However, in 1917 he was discovered by the owner of the Sells-Floto circus due to the impressive cyst or tumor that crowned his skull. The Mexican agreed to participate in fair shows around the Texan towns since he had to feed a large family.

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There is a theory that states that were taking advantage of the protrusion of his head, Pascual Piñon had a wax face made, with some silver implants under the skin. The man was trying in this way to make his second face seem more real. Some claim that this second head had feminine features and was called Maria.
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It is said that after worked several years circus, the owner of the Sells-Floto circle paid the cost of an operation to Pascual Piñon for this tumor, that had brought them so many benefits through the 'rarity show', where he was the main star of the show. Thanks to which he was able to free himself from his anomaly and return to Texas.

Other versions maintain that a second head was born from his skull, resulting from a malformation called Craniopagus parasiticus, that is, the remains of a parasitic twin. But the "parasite" Pinion was in the same direction as the main head, while in cases of actual "parasites," Cranial comes up directly from the crown. In the annals of medicine, there are only three surviving cases recorded: the two-headed Bengal boy (18th century); Rebeca Martínez (December 10, 2003 - February 7, 2004), born in the Dominican Republic and died eleven hours after the operation to extract the additional head, four and Manar Maged, born in Egypt on March 20, 2004, and died, due to an infection, on March 27, 2006, thirteen months after the operation.

Pascual Piñón's story inspired the novels 'Downfall' (translated into Spanish as 'The Fallen Angel') and 'The Book about Blanche and Marie' by the Swedish writer Per Olov Enquist. In addition, the American John Shideler published a biography about this peculiar man after his death, which was entitled 'A monsters Life.'

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