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The Dolls….They Live!

By  | October 6, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

 This is not a nightmare. This  a real place outside of Mexico City…home to hundreds of old and broken dolls.

The dolls are  in the trees and on the ground, tacked together on wooden fence posts and hanging from clotheslines like laundry left to dry. Their dead eyes stare at you from half-empty sockets, their dirty hair hangs like seaweed or sewer moss. Their skin is scaly and peeling away, and their deformed and scarred arms and legs are scattered everywhere… strewn about haphazardly, decapitated heads impaled on stakes.

Xochimilco, Mexico the old southern historic part of Mexico City is home La Isla de las Muñecas or The Isle Of The Dolls.  A man-made island that for decades has been home to hundreds of dilapidated dolls.

The island was once the property of Don Julián Santana, a local farmer. Legend has it that in 1950 he saw a little girl drown in the canal and her spirit began haunting the place. Terrified, Don Julián started collecting dolls to protect himself from her ghost.

Santana died of a heart attack in 2001, and a small white cross near the water marks his grave. His cousin Anastasio now lives on the island, running it as a tourist attraction. “The spirit of the little girl is still here,” he says. “It’s important not to remove the dolls.”

At night, he says, they come alive. “They will move their heads and whisper to each other. It’s very spooky, but I have gotten used to it.”

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