Maya Alux or Goblins

Since Halloween and “Day of the Dead” are right around the corner, today I thought I would share some Maya mythology about the Alux today.  Monica from our office here sent me this article, and I am sharing on this blog today.

This is translated from Spanish.

What is a Alux?

– Mythology –

It is very common in these lands, mention the word indiscriminately Alux, but you know it’s really a Alux?
In the Maya mythology, it is designated a being like an elf or goblin, which also robs children, cattle or make mischief. According to tradition, it is said that tend to live in natural areas, mainly in the cenotes or caves.

The Aluxo’ob or aluxes are small that reach the height of the knee of a normal person, although it is mentioned that often invisible, occasionally show themselves to have communication with humans, to scare or just to meet each other .

In contemporary culture, it still respects to this mythical figure and still believe that aluxes are summoned as a farmer builds on his property an altar in a house known as kahtal alux or “house of alux”, usually in his field. For seven years, aluxes help you grow corn, call the rain and watch the fields at night, whistling to scare off predators or thieves betray. At the end of the seven years, the farmer must close the windows and doors of the house, sealing the alux inside. If this is not so, you can lose control over alux and it will begin to behave aggressively against people.

Some contemporary Maya altars still consider them useful in their field work (although its origins and the true purpose of these they are unknown).


Representation of Ob Aluxo

It is also said that occasionally Aluxo’ob stop along the way to ask offerings and if these are denied, they get angry and cause havoc and diseases.

Is this completely native mythology?

Although not known for sure, an interesting theory is that this mythology was an adaptation of British folklore, spread through the English pirates that sailed the Caribbean seas in the sixteenth century.

Own folklore or adapted, the fact is that the contemporary Maya misfortunes continue to attribute these beings and even considered almost an authority when they decide to enter their territories, so you have to ask permission.

We hope that the information has been interesting to know a little more detail of this great culture that is the Maya.


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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