The North American country of Mexico has a colourful and interesting history and it also has its fair share of curious myths and legends that have been handed down from one generation to the next. This article will be highlighting some of those exotic legends, giving readers a deeper insight into Mexico’s culture and past.

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#1 – The Feathered Serpent God

Much of Mexico was populated by the Mayan people and like many ancient cultures, they had their share of superstitions and strange beliefs.

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The old Maya city of Chichén Itzá is home to a number of historical structures and one of the most famous is El Castillo, a stepped pyramid rising up out of a field of green grass and overlooking the forest. The Maya had their share of gods and they believed the feathered serpent god ruled the Maya pantheon. The serpent god’s name was Kukulkcan and he lived in this pyramid.

Another legend associated with this location is as disturbing as it is intriguing. It’s believed that the Maya rulers used to have conversations with the gods there and offer up human sacrifices to both please and appease those gods.

#2 – The Legend Surrounding Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City)

In central Mexico, it was the Aztec people who ultimately populated this region of the countryside and it was the Aztecs who founded the ancient city of Tenochtitlan, which later became the modern-day Mexico City. Originally, most of the city was made up of beautiful floating gardens.

What makes the beginnings of this city and civilisation interesting is that the original settlers were inspired to travel to the area by their god Huitzilopochtli. While on an island in Lake Texcoco, the vision of an eagle holding a rattlesnake fulfilled an ancient prophecy. As legend has it, that prophecy was believed to be a proclamation by their god that they should base their new home in that location. This legendary vision is also currently depicted on the Mexico coat of arms, where the eagle is holding the snake in its talons and eating it.

#3 – Guadalajara Is Steeped In Myths and Legends

Located in western Mexico in the Jalisco region is the city of Guadalajara, popular for its food, tequila and mariachi music. It also has its fair share of Mexican legends.

For example, the Pantheon of Bethlehem is an ancient cemetery located right in the centre of the city. Legend has it that the cemetery was home to vampires and ghostly apparitions (and possibly still is).

Apparently, many years ago, a young boy dying of cancer was once found dead, having been hanged from a tree in the cemetery. Even after that tree was cut down to a mere tree stump, ghostly shadows of the tree and hanging boy could still be seen.

Another infamous ghost that lurks in this cemetery is an unnamed pirate that used to steal the wealth of other pirates of the time. He buried everything he stole in an undisclosed location in the city and took his secret to the grave when he died. His tomb is located in the Pantheon of Bethlehem and it’s said that if you light a candle around his tomb and recite the rosary, this pirate ghost will materialise and tell you where he buried his immense treasure.

#4 – Murder On Callejón Dos de Abril In Oaxaca

Way before electricity, the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca was lit up at night by men known as Serenos. These men patrolled the streets at night with lanterns and served as nightwatchmen and policemen after dark.

One night, a man was stabbed in an alley and one of the Serenos found the man. He was still alive, but surely dying. The Sereno ran to a nearby church to seek the help of a priest. After the priest arrived on the scene and recited the last rites to the man, the mortally wounded man passed away. The priest turned to look at the Sereno, only to find he had vanished, leaving just his lamp behind. When the priest shone the lamp on the face of the dead man, he was surprised to discover it was the face of the Sereno who had come to seek his help.

The Wrap

A visit to Mexico is exciting and interesting on many levels, the least of which are the myths and legends arising from its eclectic mix of ancestors. When you dig deeper into Mexico’s history, you discover there are literally dozens of intriguing legends, myths and ancient gods associated with the country. The best way to learn more about Mexico is to visit the country for yourself and explore its many wonders.