Tuesday, April 12, 2011

THE ISLAND OF THE DOLLS

In the heart of the Xochimico’s canals, south of Mexico City, Mexico, lies one of the most bizarre locations you’re likely to come upon. It is La Isla de la Muñecas, which translates to “The Island of the Dolls”.

Starting in the 1950′s, a man named Julián Santana Barrera began collecting dolls and placing them throughout this island. It is said that the collection began when he witnessed the drowning death of a little girl. He began seeing her ghost around the island, and the dolls were meant to be an offering or gift to the little lost spirit. Some say he was deeply troubled by the ghost, and the hope was that the dolls would keep her entertained. His collection became an obsession, and he became somewhat of a hermit on the island. He would collect dolls and hang them from trees, tie them to buildings… anywhere he could place them.

Over time, locals came to believe that the energy of the deceased girl possessed the dolls themselves, and that when passing by the island, especially at night, whispers could be heard urging people to come ashore. The dolls have also been reported to move on their own, making the island a place filled with fascination and dread.

In 2001, Julián Santana Barrera passed away. In a mysterious twist, he was found drowned in the same canal where he’d discovered the body of the little girl so many years ago. It is claimed that this once haunted caretaker now haunts the island himself, along with his friends… the dolls.
 Julian Barrera Santana died in 2001 aged 50, DROWNED ...

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