WEB DESK: They’re in the trees and on the ground, bunched together on wooden sticks and hanging on the tress. Their dead eyes stare at you and their dirty hair hang like spider webs. Their skin is scabbed and limbs are scattered everywhere.
This is not a nightmare. It is an “Island of dolls” a real place located in a southern Mexico City which has been home to hundreds of dolls from decades.
So this is how the story goes. Don Julian Santana, a farmer lived here alone. He believed he saw the ghost of a little girl who had drowned in one of the canals and died in the island.
Santana claimed the gir’s ghost would ask him to get dolls for her. So he began collecting dolls and placing them around his house. At one point he even traded home grown fruit and vegetables for old dolls. Very soon the island began flooding with dolls that Santana had put up.
Santana died of a heart attack in 2001, and a small white cross near the water marks his grave. His cousin Anastasio now lives on the island, running it as a tourist attraction. “The spirit of the little girl is still here,” he says. “It’s important not to remove the dolls.”
Some tourists who visited this place claim, at night, the dolls come alive. “They will move their heads and whisper to each other. It’s very spooky”.
“Ghosts are very real and Its important to pay tribute to them.” Anastasio says.