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Shanek. United Kingdom

ID #1677580362
Added Tue, 28/02/2023
Author July N.

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Парк Филипс
United Kingdom

The President of Mexico posted a photo on social networks, which, according to him, depicts a mythical forest elf from Mayan folklore. This is reported by Foxnews.

"Everything is mystical," tweeted Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, accompanying him with two photos, including one that, according to the president, depicts "alux."

According to the traditional Mayan belief, "alux" are small, mischievous creatures that live in forests and fields and tend to make fun of people, for example, to hide things. Some people leave small offerings to calm them down.

Obrador's post has gained about 5 million views. One photo shows a pre-Hispanic sculpture in Ek Balam, a Yucatec Maya archaeological site, and another photo shows a night shot of what appears to be a creature in a tree with glowing eyes.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he has proof of "alux." It doesn't look like the president was joking by posting this on Twitter.

According to Obrador, the photo of the alleged forest elf was taken last week by an engineer at the construction site of a new railway on the Yucatan Peninsula. The railway is being built to transport tourists to popular places where the ruins of the Maya civilization are located.

The post caused ridicule and surprise among some Twitter users, including the suggestion that the creature in the tree is actually an ordinary animal.

Other users posted screenshots that apparently show that the photo published by the President of Mexico is not new and was previously used in other news in 2021.

The ancient Maya civilization reached its heyday from 300 to 900 AD on the Yucatan Peninsula and in adjacent parts of Central America, but the descendants of the Maya continue to live on the peninsula.

Many continue to speak the Maya language and wear traditional clothing, while maintaining traditional food, religious and medical practices, despite the conquest of the region by the Spaniards between 1527 and 1546.

Original news

Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador posted a photo of a strange creature sitting on a tree on his official Twitter account. This photo, he writes, was taken by an unnamed engineer several days ago.

This creature is known as “Alux” and it is mentioned in Mayan folklore, including even its image on Mayan ruins. The picture is of poor quality and it is difficult to see something on it normally. It can only be seen that the creature has a head in a white halo with two burning eyes, an arm and a leg with a knee.

The second photo, published by Obrador, shows a piece of bas-relief depicting the same creature. These ruins are located in the Mayan city of Ek Balam in the Mexican state of Yucatan.

According to the Associated Press, Obrador has a long history of reverence for the culture and beliefs of indigenous peoples. Engineers and workers are building a tourist train in the Yucatan Peninsula, which is the president’s favorite project. This photo was probably taken there.

An alux is a type of sprite or spirit in the mythological tradition of certain Maya peoples from the Yucatán Peninsula and Guatemala, also called Chanekeh or Chaneque by the Nahuatl people.

Aluxo’ob are conceived of as being small, only about knee-high, and in appearance resembling miniature traditionally dressed Maya people. Tradition holds that aluxob are generally invisible but are able to assume physical form for purposes of communicating with and frightening humans as well as to congregate.

They are generally associated with natural features such as forests, caves, stones, and fields but can also be enticed to move somewhere through offerings.


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This version includes any falsifications that imitate unexplained phenomena both from the outside: practical jokes, flash mobs, fake news, witness fraud, staging, etc.

There are many ways to make something similar to a ghost or a flying saucer from improvised materials, without using video and photomontage.

Many homemade things made for the sake of a joke, a practical joke or a direct imitation of a mystical being or event can be taken as unexplained not only in photos and videos, but also in reality.


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The source article states that the photo was published in 2021. That year, this photo really flew around the Internet.

For example, in one of the publications (February 8, 2021) it is indicated that the shooting location was Philips Park in Manchester, and photos of this creature from two angles have also been published.

In another article (February 11, 2021), it is stated that the photo was taken in the municipality of General Teran (Mexico), where "the image of the alleged witch was captured by a man named Juan (Juan Pacheco), who was passing through a park in the Citricultores area", who published these pictures (the same 2 as indicated above) on February 9, 2021, and in the article dated March 16, 2022 it is already indicated that the picture was taken in Santa Cecilia north of Bogota (Colombia).

Thus, February 8, 2021 and Phillips Park in Manchester are still the earliest data that could be found about these photos.


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