Life and Travel in Puebla, Mexico

Monthly Archives: November 2013

Rather than hike to the top again, this time we decided to explore some side trails.

Roasting marshmallows!

Roasting marshmallows!

Strange trees.

Strange trees.

The sun came out!

The sun came out!

Apparently "Tío Pollo" was put to rest here, on a slope overlooking a stream that we could hear, but not see.

Apparently “Tío Pollo” was put to rest here, on a slope overlooking a stream that we could hear, but not see.

There were wildflowers everywhere!

There were wildflowers everywhere!


You’ll surely have noticed the fairly recent installation of cameras to catch people speeding. Yes, they are real, and yes, they do work, so make sure you check this page to see if you’ve been fined:

http://consultamonitorvial.sfapuebla.gob.mx/ConsultaMulta/login.aspx


Finally managed to do one of those color runs.

Finally managed to do one of those races.


We ventured out to San Luis Tehuiloyocan, about 15 minutes outside Cholula, to check out the “Casa del Diablo” (The Devil’s House). A perfect outing for Halloween weekend, right?

The entrance. Over the weekend, many houses throughout Puebla had these cempasúchil (marigold) trails, which invite the spirits to come to the altars set up for them.

The entrance. Over the weekend, many houses throughout Puebla had these cempasúchil (marigold) trails, which invite the spirits to come to the altars set up for them.

The “house” is not really a house, but just a patio with a well and one room in back. The outside of this room is decorated with a rock mural from 1760 depicting scenes from the Passion of Christ, the history of San Luis, the Nahual (loosely, an animal spirit) that protects the house, and two devils over the doorway, among many other things.

One of the devils. They are portrayed as monkeys with a certain explicit body part and two chicken legs.

One of the devils. They are portrayed as monkeys with a certain explicit body part and two chicken legs.

The doorway, in the shape of a monkey's head. Some people say this is further evidence of the house being "the devil's."

The doorway, in the shape of a monkey’s head. Some people say this is further evidence of the house being “the devil’s.”

The mural.

The mural.

The mural is made with black volcanic rock.

The mural is made with black volcanic rock.

There are many legends about the house. Though it is now a library and the town’s Casa de Cultura, one of the girls who worked there gave us a short tour and told us some history. Supposedly the room was used for exorcisms, since it has angels facing inwards on the windows (which would prevent bad spirits from escaping outside), and the rafters are inscribed with The Lord’s Prayer in Latin…except the prayer is written backwards. It is certainly a strange building!

A local school's ofrenda inside the house.

A local school’s Day of the Dead ofrenda inside the house.

After leaving the house, we went up a nearby hill that had a church on top.

Heading up.

Behind the church, we discovered that the whole town, or so it seemed, was at at an outdoor mass and also in the cemetary, tending to their loved ones for Day of the Dead.

See all that yellow? Those are cempasúchil, or marigolds, which attract the spirits.

See all that yellow? Those are cempasúchil, or marigolds, which attract the spirits.

Overall, it was a neat place to visit!