This is one of those incredible stories about the Mayan Land of the Yucatan Peninsula, that is worth hearing about, so we share with you dear reader, this article published by Edith Buenfil from SIPSE with pictures of Jorge Orozco.
CANCUN, Q. Roo.- Aluxes in the mayan culture are known as small supernatural beings (elf sort of creatures) with whom the peasants had to pact, in order to protect the cornfields, that over the years reached urban development.
The Cancun-Nizuc bridge, which is in the route to the international airport of the city, work that was carried out by the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) has been one of the most famous and representative legends in Cancun involving aluxes.
The chronicler of the city, Francisco Verdayes said that this is a story that has passed from generation to generation, has changed its versions, but the essence of the legend about the history of aluxes and the bridge to the airport yet remains.
-“People passing the bridge sees the aluxes house and tell the story of how these beings protected their land so much from construction on the site where the bridge stands now”- he said.
Alux vandalism to the bridge
The popular story says that aluxes knocked down more than one occasion the construction of the Cancun-Nizuc bridge, which perplexed the architects, engineers and construction workers. According to the account of the communicator and opinion leader of the town, Juan Pablo Torres-Limón “The construction of the bridge leading to the airport from the city was prepared during the days work to arrive the next day, engineers and workers to find that early works were destroyed without explanation”.
According to Torres Limón, the bridge fell more than three times before finally the engineers accepted -with skepticism- to resort to a Mayan priest to negotiate with the aluxes and finish the work.
Aluxes are made of mud and “given breath” according to Mayan belief and people pact with these beings to protect some ground and keep out intruders, so despite the years, they continued taking care of the earth. The Mayan priest noted that aluxes did not mean to hurt, but they were guarding their land, that happened to be the construction site. The priest contacted them through a ritual to make a new covenant, which allowed them to continue with the construction of the bridge.
In a survey conducted through social networks, it was asked to users of Facebook, if they knew the story, and in accordance with the results, for half of them the story was unknown, from the other half most of them roughly knows the story and just a few actually did know it.
On the underside of the bridge, which was opened in 1991 by former President of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari, you can see a small house in the typical style of the region, both tourists and some residents believe it is a tourist attraction, but actually that was the new agreement to curb the dispute between the aluxes and the construction engineers.
The aluxes allowed the construction under the condition that they be given a space and not be moved away from their home, place where, according to the beliefs, they still live.
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