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#1 Willow

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 11:26 AM

Once upon a time, on a small island in Teshuilo Lake, between Xochimilco and Mexico City
three young girls were playing. As one of them drowned, the area soon became known as a haunted spot and few trespassed the land.

Sometime in the 1950's, a loner named Julian Santana Barrera chose this tiny island to live on. Being visited by the ghost of the girl who drowned there long ago - and by some other bad spirits too - he started collecting dolls he found in the trash.

With these dolls, Julian wanted to make the girl who drowned happy again, and also these dolls could keep the bad spirits away. He brought allo the old discarded dolls he could find to the island as an offering, and tied them to the trees, in addition to a special altar he constructed for the spirit child.

For many years, this little island was forgotten. But then, in the 1990's, a program started to clean up the canals, and the Mexican style gondolas - called trajineras - again passed by the island.

Since Julian Santana had a wonderful garden, the locals brought old dolls in trade for fresh vegetables. And so, on Doll Island grew an amazing collection of thousands of dolls in various stages of disintegration.

Coincidentally or not, Julian drowned at his island on April 17th, 2001. Obviously, he hadn't been strong enough to chase the bad spirits away, that once had drowned this little girl too.



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Posted 05 December 2009 - 12:37 PM

At the very least they make for great ghost stories, do they not?

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 11:39 AM

The place looks beautiful albeit creepy with the dolls hanging in the trees.
Thanks for the article Willow!




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