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Mayan year: the legend of the Aluxes

Legend of Aluxes in the Mayan Culture

Legend of the Aluxes in the Mayan Culture

As legend is told, the Aluxes, or Aluxo’ob (plural of alux in Mayan) were created by the Mayan people themselves from unused clay, adding a few drops of their own blood in order to generate a stronger connection between each other. The creation process of an Alux lasted 7 weeks, working 1 day per week and resting 6. Once the process was concluded, the master should pray and offer gifts to the Alux to bring him to life, and then hide him inside a strategic place that the Alux would then protect.

The Aluxes were in charge of taking care of the crops from animals and thieves, throwing rocks to whoever intended to access without permission; it was also their responsibility to check the crops, and whenever these were found in a bad shape, they changed them entirely for new ones.

When his creator passed away, these little men were in the service of Yum Kaax, the god of maize, guarding the fields of the deceased owner. In case a new

owner came to claim the property, the Aluxes made some pranks to the new occupants, such as throwing rocks at them, mistreating their animals, and even becoming visible to scare the children.

The only way to calm down these little mischievous men was to offer them food, like honey and corn, make prayers and offer gifts. In this manner, the Aluxes accepted their new master to whom they should serve until he passed away.

It is said that there are still some Aluxes wandering the Mayan lands, waiting for new masters to play with and make pranks to whoever offends them or try to access a sacred place without permission.

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