The president of Mexico is going viral aft he posted a photograph to societal media he said shows a mythical woodland elf of Mayan folklore.
"Everything is mystical," Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said successful a Twitter station Saturday, accompanied by 2 photos, including 1 that nan president says shows an "aluxe."
According to accepted Mayan belief, "aluxes" are small, mischievous creatures that inhabit forests and fields and are prone to playing tricks connected people, for illustration hiding things. Some group time off mini offerings to appease them.
Obrador has racked up astir 5 cardinal views connected nan station arsenic of Sunday. One photograph successful nan station shows a pre-Hispanic sculpture successful Ek Balam, a Yucatec-Maya archaeological site, while nan different photograph shows a nighttime changeable of what appears to beryllium a animal successful a character pinch glowing eyes.
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Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he has impervious of an "aluxe." (Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador/Twitter)
It does not look nan president was joking successful his Twitter post.
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The photograph of nan alleged aluxe was taken past week by an technologist astatine nan building tract of a caller train railway successful nan Yucatan peninsula, according to Obrador. The railway is being constructed to carrier visitors to and from celebrated destinations, including Mayan ruins.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a ceremonial successful Mexico City, Aug. 13, 2021. (AP)
The station has group disconnected insult and astonishment among immoderate Twitter users, including speculation that nan animal successful nan character is really conscionable an animal.
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President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meet astatine nan National Palace successful Mexico City, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Other users posted screenshots appearing to show nan photograph is aged and was antecedently utilized successful different news stories successful 2021.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.