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 “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.
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!
After leaving the house, we went up a nearby hill that had a church on top.
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.
Overall, it was a neat place to visit!
We just celebrated Halloween at my school today, but it’s also Day of the Dead! Technically the dates are Oct. 28th, 31st, Nov. 1st and 2nd. So get your calavera (candy skull), your hojaldra (sweet bread with a “skull and bones” on top), and a candle and some cempasúchil (marigolds, which guide the spirits), and you’re ready. If you want to go all out, head to Huaquechula in Puebla state to see how it’s done.