La Isla de la Muñecas
(Island of the Dolls)

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Photo: Cindy Vasko
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Photos: Bizzare

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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.

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Bizarre Magazine stopped publishing in 2015 as I found out while checking for better quality images. You can find similar pictures however at Daily Mail and at Kenton de Jong‘s site.