Isla de las Munecas

November 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm (randoms)

Located smack in the middle of a swamp in the heart of Aztec country is the popular tourist destination La Isla de las Munecas, or Island of the Dolls. To get there, visitors have to hire a guide to take them by boat through the canals of Xochimilco, then to the island itself, all the while making the guide promise on a stack of Bibles that he’s not going to abandon them once they reach their destination.

“Seriously, Pablo? We will haunt your ass.”

Not that he’d do that, right? It’s just an old abandoned island, once occupied by a single inhabitant named Don Julian Santana Barrera, who seemed to have a knack for doll-collecting. So what? Lots of people collect dolls.

Oh. Charming.

The legend goes that years ago a small girl drowned in the canals near the island, and not long after her death, Barrera found her corpse doll floating in the water. Then he found another one. By that point he was hooked on a new and exciting hobby.

One that will cost tourists sleep for decades.

Over the course of the next 50 years, the guy collected thousands of discarded dolls, which he thought would somehow serve as companions for the dead girl. Makes sense. Everyone knows Mexican girls enjoy mutilated trash dolls displayed in gruesome manners meant to simulate acts of torture and suicide. We try not to be too judgmental about other people’s cultures.

However, it does seem that the offerings weren’t such a success, considering that in 2001 Julian passed away … by drowning in the same canal as the girl whose ghost he was trying to appease for all those years.

Either that or he was murdered, Chucky-style, by his horrific collection, who then dragged him to the canals to make it look like a drowning.

Guess we’ll never know..


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