Yucatan Folklore Part 2

12 Jan

For those of you just joining in, this week I’m writing about aluxes, a mystical creature that haunts the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula. Many of Jorge’s family members live in a small town in the Yucatan called Yobain, and on New Years Eve they told me about some of their run-ins with the supernatural.

Last summer, my brothers-in-law (Darwin and Jair) were staying the night at Uncle Mike’s house in Yobain. They were hanging out one evening with cousin Isis  by the window.

Isis saw something moving on the neighbor’s roof. She pointed it out to Darwin and Jair. They climbed out onto the 2nd floor patio to get a better look. By then, it had crossed the street to a thatched roof home across from the house. Isis described this “alux” as being about 3 feet tall, sometimes moving on all fours and sometimes moving on two legs. It had “eyes that burned red like coals” and the only way she could describe it’s body was as a white, glowing shadow.

The three of them got so scared, that they went back inside and closed all the curtains.

Street in front of Uncle Mike's house (the yellow wall on the right is their house, and you can see the thatched roof home on the left) Sorry about the blurriness.

17 Responses to “Yucatan Folklore Part 2”

  1. Ashlie January 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm #


  2. foxy January 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Yikes! I wouldn’t have been able to sleep that night.

  3. Ang January 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    eek – too bad they couldn’t get a picture of it!

  4. Nikki January 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Yikes! So do these Aluxes harm people?

    • gringation January 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

      Not as far as I know. I think they tend to just be pranksters more than anything 🙂

  5. KfromMichigan January 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Very Interesting .. I do enjoy these tales! (and I do believe)

  6. Julie M. January 13, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    Ok, that’s just downright scary! Glowing eyes? Eek!

  7. nikolacolada January 13, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    oo that gives me the chills. I can just imagine being there and seeing that… and I thought tarantulas were bad! btw I know exactly where that house is, Emilios family lives just down the street! haha

    • gringation January 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

      I did see a tarantula at Uncle Mike’s house once.. :S

      I can’t believe you recognized the street from that dark picture! haha

  8. The Drama Mama January 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    These are cool stories!!

  9. joeandharryabroad January 14, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    So cool but soo freaky!!

  10. (Florida) Girl with a New Life January 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I can’t believe no one has made the movie yet.

  11. Be Tulum January 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    What a scary story – although 3 feet tall, sometimes on all fours, sometimes on two legs – are you sure it wasn’t a local boracho?

    • gringation January 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

      Don’t forget the red eyes! HAHAHAHA

  12. becca January 17, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    i love ghost stories! keep ’em coming.

  13. Kristi S January 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Have you seen the show Monster Quest??? They totally need to go down there and check it out! The team of cryptozoologists do investigations to see if they can solve the mysteries of unknown creatures

  14. GRRRL TRAVELER February 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    I love how guys get spooked like girls too when it comes to scary legends. ha ha…

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