What are Aluxes and Chaneques?

They are like children, small and playful, and part of the Mexican legends 

What are the Aluxes and the Chaneques? Before answering this question, I will tell you about our fantastic beasts and Mexican cryptid beasts.

Mexico is a place rich in traditions, customs, and culture, within the latter we can group many oral traditions known as legends that our families have inherited since ancient times.

These legends are about beings that can cause us fear or curiosity since their existence is based on these stories generally used to scare us when we were children and make us behave.

What are Aluxes and Chaneques?

Many legends such as La Llorona, La Planchada, and La Mulata de Córdoba are about people who suffered a tragic end. But there are also cryptids, which are fantastic beings created in the collective imagination like the Chupacabras, nahuales, the Huay Chivo, the Chaneques, and the Aluxes, which I will tell you about today.

A tulpa is created when a large group of people think of something in common, and it starts to take a physical form. Tulpa is a Buddhist concept and is how the appearances of these beings have been explained.

A great example of this is Slenderman in the United States, about which there was no information until a large part of the population began to report sightings based on the collective belief that it was real.

Having explained a little about our Mexican bestiary, let’s talk about these little beings called Aluxes and Cheques.

The Aluxes

These little ones, also known as Mayan elves, share a great legacy of legends with this culture. According to many stories, they were the first inhabitants of the earth, and they are as old as the sun.

Some of these stories tell us that the Aluxes are descendants of the Dwarf of Uxmal, another fascinating history of Yucatan.

They have an elderly look but with the height of a 4-year-old child, also can be naughty or very calm, all depends on how you behave towards them. They are guardians of crops as well as animals.

It´s believed that in ancient times the Mayan sorcerers and wise men were responsible to give life to these beings by creating them from clay to create figures. These clay figures were made only under the special request of a person, and several drops of blood from the person who would own them were necessary.

Subsequently, this figure was left to rest for nine nights, and then a mixture of honey from the Melipona bee and wild flowers was made, with which it was covered and rested for another nine nights.

What are Aluxes and Chaneques?


How to know when an Alux is nearby?

It´s easy to notice when one of these curious beings is nearby or if you have invaded their territory. You will begin to hear strange sounds, stones will be thrown at you to scare you away, or perhaps you will hear sinister laughter and see fading shadows.

If you are in your house, objects will begin to fade or change places inexplicably. The solution is quite simple as tender: Sweets, corn, and pozol.

Leave this in a corner to ingratiate yourself with them and thus reassure them.

Photo by Gary Todd

The Chaneques

Now it’s time to talk about the Chaneques. Is there a difference between them and the Aluxes? Well, the main difference between these two beings is their appearance. While the Aluxes look much older, the Chaneques are like children.

Although there are descriptions of all forms, from those who swear to have seen a small child, to a person of almost 1.20 meters. The word Chaneque comes from the Nahuatl word: “Ohuican Chaneque” which means “the one who lives in dangerous places”

The stories of Chaneques are still present in places like Chiapas, Tabasco, Veracruz, and the Yucatan Peninsula. These said their origin was in the Totonac Culture, but they mixed with others such as the Mexica with time. The Chaneques take care of the forests, rivers, jungles, and the wildlife of the place where they live.

Veracruz is the perfect place to test the existence of these beings. For example, in Los Tuxtlas, there are good and bad chaneques. The good ones live in zones inhabited by humans, while the bad ones live in hills, caves, or rivers.

Those in this region are under the command of the god Chane, the god of earth and water. This god lives underground. He protects humans, but with the help of the donkey Lúpu’Ti and the kitten Shúnu-Ti, they punish those who commit adultery.

I know you want to know what the donkey and the kitty look like, so imagine this:

The Lúpu-Ti donkey is black and white. He appears in the path of the adulterers, throwing an icy wind until he strips and numbs his victim. Then he licks his flesh off the bone until he devours them.

The Shúnu-Ti kitten is tender and playful with the ladies who are cheating on their husbands, but the kitten turns into a ferocious tiger and attacks the lady in question.

The Chaneques of Higalgotitlán in Veracruz appear in adult form, and if you bother them, they can make you sick of the spirit, taking away your desire to eat and live. They also have the power to make you lose your tonal, meaning the fate or luck you were born with.

What are Aluxes and Chaneques?

How to know when an Chaneque is nearby?

Among their most common tricks are braiding horses’ manes, pulling dogs’ tails, making things disappear, scaring ranch animals, and losing or kidnapping children. The solution to calm them is to put an offering with sweets.

What are Aluxes and Chaneques? These two fantastic beings from Mexican legends are somewhat surprising by all the mysticism veils their existence.

Have you had any encounters with them? Tell me in the comments where it was maybe I can go there to live that experience.