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About the Isla de las Munecas

Just south of Mexico City, between the canals of Xochimico you can find a small island with a sad background.The island is known as Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls).It is dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who died by drowning.

Don Julian Santana Barrera was the caretaker of the island. The story goes that Julian found a little girl drowned in mysterious circumstances while he was not able to save her life. Julian notice a doll floating around and conclude it was hers.

He picked up the doll and hung it to a tree, as a way of showing respect and support the spirit of the girl. Julian was apparently haunted by the spirit of the girl and started hanging more dolls in an attempt to please her spirit. After 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them on the island, Julian was found dead, drowned in the same spot where the girl did. Many people on the island believe that Julian has joined the other spirits of the island.

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