Mexico’s Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

The Island Of The Dolls – located in the vast, bewildering network of canals that lies to the south of Mexico City, between the urban sprawl and the more traditional farmland region called Xochimilco (pronounced so-chee-meel-koh and meaning ‘place of flowers’) – is rich in history and superstition.

Created by the hermit Don Julián Santana who, despite having a wife and family, chose to live alone on the island for over 50 years before his death in 2001, the Island Of The Dolls is a shrine to a dead girl who was said to haunt him, and in whose honour he collected dolls, to calm her restless spirit.

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

Mexico's Island of the Dolls

UPDATE: Bizarre Magazine seems to be offline. You can find more pictures at Daily Mail.