Continuing on my Yucatan blogs, I decided to tell you a little about the Mayan Alux (pronounced Al oosh). Which, once again, if you are visiting the Mayan Riviera and/or Cozumel, Mexico, you might want to keep the following information in mind.
The origin of the Alux myth has been debated for quite a while. Some scholars believe they have European origins form the 16th Century, others debate that it has a pre-Columbian origin, let them battle it out themselves.
First though, I will tell you a little about the Alux. The Alux is a kind of goblin/leprechaun that is widely known among the Maya people in the Yucatan Peninsula. Nearly every one I spoke to there believes in them and most locals have a story to tell about them. An Alux is a small being about 2ft tall that has magical powers, they can be invisible to the eye, or they can also assume any animal that they wish, like a large snake, bees or even a jaguar. The Alux mainly protect the crop fields of the locals, but also are know to protect all of the archaeological sites at night. But most of all, they like to play tricks on unsuspecting passerby’s, some can nice but sometimes they can be quite mean and even scary.