Mexican President posted a picture of what he believed was a mythological “alux” on social media. He added that “everything’ is mystical.”
The photo posted by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to Twitter on Sunday seemed serious. It has since been viewed over seven million times.
Mr Obrador wrote, “I share two photographs of our supervision for the Mayan Train Works: One, taken by an Engineer three days ago, probably from an alux.”
Night photo of unidentified creature perched on top of a tree, with white hair and eyes.
Traditional Mayan beliefs say that ‘aluxes are mischievous, small beings similar in appearance to elves who live in fields and forests.
They can be tricky and are known to play tricks on people, hide their belongings and prank them.
To appease others, some people will leave small offerings.
The second photo was taken in Ek Balam, and Mr Obrador added that it was a “splendid prehistoric sculpture”. He concluded his post by saying “everything’.
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For a time, the president expressed his respect for indigenous cultures and beliefs.
Workers and engineers are currently in Yucatan, building a tourist train. The president promised that it would be operational by 2023.
This peninsula and its surrounding areas were where the Mayan civilization reached its highest point between 300AD and 900AD. It is believed that descendants still live in the area.
Despite the Spanish conquest of the 16th century, many Mayans have kept the Mayan language and clothing, as well as traditional food crops, religion, and medicine practices.