Far away in the tropical forests of Mexico, near the small town Hochimilko (Xochimilico), is a unique place that is very popular in tourists - La Isla de la Munecas (Island of Dolls). On hearing this name, untrained people probably imagine something sentimental and charming. But he will be severely deceived in their expectations.
Anyone who dares to step on the island falls into the realm of ugly and dirty remains of dolls, wire bolted to the neck of the trunks of trees, and hung from the branches on the ropes. Dolls make fantastic songs. In some people's head rolled to 180 degrees, there are no other head, arms or legs. Some people look at you naive wide-open blue eyes, terribly contrasting with blackened faces crumpled, others - empty eye sockets doll.
New, even more terrible glory island acquired by sojourner in it a hermit - a strange man named Don Julian Santana. Born in 1921, he lived at first in the ordinary Mexican town, different religious and addiction to alcohol.
And then suddenly, Don Julian, for no apparent reason, became interested in collecting old, discarded human dolls: plastic, wood, rubber, rag, whole or broken, clean and dirty, with or without a head.
In 1975, anyone without explanation, Don Julian left his hometown and his wife, got into the boat, taking with him only a puppet, and swam away, never to return. Chosen by the same deserted island, surrounded by overgrown with water lilies channel, he settled on it with his dolls. He created an entire industry on the island - has built himself a hut and began to grow fruits and vegetables, and in the channel could always catch a fish for dinner.
The only person who for many years of reclusion Don talked with him, was his nephew, Anastasio Santana, bringing the boat food, clothing, equipment and took Don grown fruits and vegetables, at the request of his uncle to exchange them for dolls.
Gradually, mutilated dolls filled the whole island, leaving no free branches. They were here for thousands. They hang on the fence, in a shed on the roof and the roof, the walls of his cabin - inside and out. In 1991 a team of environmentalists clean the canals of the algae and water lilies that had prevented the circulation of water. That's when they found a lonely recluse who lived surrounded by his scary puppets. The rumor about him spread quickly around the neighborhood.
"The Island of Dolls" makes an indelible impression. It would seem that the old man did not intentionally of these monsters - not mutilated, not picked out his eyes, just collected and discarded by people hung dolls, once very attractive - because they were produced toy factory is not to scare children, but quite the contrary.
But for some reason, the collection of Don Julian is a mystical horror, and dolls are seen as something alive and hostile. Their eyes seemed to relentlessly watching your every move on the island.
Maybe it's just a legend invented to lure tourists. But you must admit, even if true, it is very true. Visit this island, and even at night would be a great test of your phobias.