Life and Travel in Puebla, Mexico

I hadn’t heard of this small town just outside Cholula until I found out it was home to the “Casa del Diablo” (The Devil’s House)!

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 Day of the Dead 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!

Once you’ve finished touring the house, you can check out the nearby churches.

Heading up.

The view from inside the church.

The view from inside the church.


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