10 things I discovered about the Alux Mayans in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

I just returned from a month on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. It was a great trip and I found myself delving into some interesting things while there.

A race of tiny people called Aluxob (the singular is Alux) live in the jungles and cenotes of Yucatán. You assume I’m talking about ancient folklore? I am not that sure …

I had some personal experiences with one about 4 years ago at my home in Puerto Aventuras (a town on the beach in the Riviera Maya) and I wanted to dig a little deeper into the experience. So I interviewed the local Mayans to see what they had to say.

Let me tell you about my experience first:

I lived in a nice condo on the ocean and my daughter Sarah and her Mexican boyfriend Javier were staying with me. Some strange things were happening in the house.

  • In the middle of the night, I repeatedly heard someone yell my name in my ear and it woke me up and practically sent me through the roof. Sarah and Javier experienced the same.

  • The blender and other small appliances turned on in the middle of the night.

  • As he walked down the hall, he felt a slap on his leg just above the ankle.

This was all weird, but not too disturbing (except flying out of bed to turn off the blender in the middle of the night. I hate that adrenaline rush). The children were experiencing everything that I was and several times Javier said: year alux. “

Of course I didn’t take it seriously.

Until the footprints appeared in the hallway.

This hallway went to my daughter’s room. My bedroom was on the other side of the house. When I got up early one morning and walked past him, I saw water on the floor as far as my daughter’s bedroom. I assumed Sarah had showered and was dripping down the hall. Floors can be very slippery so I started reminding him not to drip water everywhere, but as soon as I entered the hall I saw that it wasn’t just water dripping, it was little wet footprints.

“I told you, you have a alux,“Javier said.

it’s okay. I believed.

Later I went to see a close friend, Crescent. She is from Canada and also lived on the Riviera Maya in Mexico with her Mayan husband. They have a dive shop. I asked Crescent if he knew anything about a alux. She said no, but that she would ask her husband, William.

“Oh yeah,” (Imagine listening to this for a long time) said William.

And then he proceeded to tell how fishermen see the little wet footprints on their boats early in the morning. Mind you, I hadn’t mentioned anything about wet footprints in my hallway.

it’s okay. So now I’m sure alux It is a real creature, not just a myth. But what exactly is a alux?

Enter this most recent trip and many interviews..

I found out when I first asked the locals if they knew about the alux, they were reluctant to say anything. But after I told them my story, they became lively and very open. Some shared their own stories and some thanked me for sharing mine. Apparently even sharing stories is considered noble and I was delighted to be a part of it. Also, I want to point out that I had these conversations in Spanish. Most of these people speak Mayan. All operate daily in Spanish and most speak limited English. I think speaking in Spanish comforted them and encouraged them to share more freely.

Things I discovered:

1. Alux They live throughout the peninsula, but mostly in the jungle. Not many live in the tourist areas of Quintana Roo by the beach (commonly known as the Riviera Maya). Farms and ancient towns in the interior of the state of Yucatan are full of them. They are considered the guardians of the jungle.

2. They are small people, about 18 inches tall. I have read online about their ability to turn into animals, but no locals confirmed it. However, they did say that they hide in rocks and cenotes and some said that they can change shape and actually appear as rocks.

3. Most of the time they are invisible to us, but sometimes they get caught up in their natural form.

4. When asked if they are spiritual or corporeal, people answered that they are not. They are AIR. This is very interesting and I am currently trying to learn more about it. People also said that they are NATURAL or NATURAL. Does this mean that they are elemental beings (fire, air, earth, water)? I also heard a story of a human form created from water (called Kanan sayab which literally means jungle guardian but it is also considered the guardian of the springs) walking through the ruins in Coba. Wow … so much to track!

5. They love to play. Sometimes the Mayans find small toys thrown around the house. If they are not happy they throw small stones at you or hit you sometimes.

6. If they are happy, they will protect their home or farm (cornfield). They can be very good and useful if they are honored correctly.

7. Farmers build houses for them to keep in their fields. Tea alux It will protect the four corners of the field and if someone comes to steal something, they will surround the thief so that he cannot escape.

8. In Costa Rica they are called Elf.

9. VERY GOOD STORY. The city of Cancun was building a new bridge outside the airport and it kept collapsing. The local Mayans went to the city and told them they had a alux. So the city hired a Mayan shaman to contact him. alux and find out what to do. Tea alux said he wanted a house, so the city built a beautiful alux pyramid-shaped house under the bridge. Then they were able to complete work on the bridge. It still stands today without a problem and the pyramid house is lit up at night and beautiful for all to see as they leave the airport and head to the beach strip on vacation.

10. If you have a alux in your house and you want him to leave, you (or preferably a Mayan shaman, called J-Man) a ceremony can be done with herbs and plants (I hope to learn more about this), including burning incense made with the resin of the copal tree.

I have more questions about him alux. I have read that they dress like the ancient Mayans. Some of the people I interviewed have seen them or have stories from relatives who have seen them. I forgot to ask them what they were wearing, but I’ll go back and see if I can track it down. I also want to know more about its nature. What does it mean that they are AIR?

In my interview, I also heard a story of different beings called gnomes (pronounced in Spanish Names) They were described as larger than a alux, have horns, have an unpleasant nature, carry knives, make children hurt and argue, wearing black hatsand the need to be evicted by a ceremony that includes a Bible. I wonder if they too air or are Earth?

We have a lot to learn.



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