According to Mexicos president, Andrés Manuel López Obradorthere are “mysterious” beings all around us but when he shared a photo of what he claimed was an elf-like creature, people online were quick to dispel any mystery.

On Saturday, the president posted an image on Twitter of what he claimed was an “aluxe” — a small, bus-making, forest spirit from Mayan tradition. It is common for some believers to leave small offerings in an attempt to appease the tricky spirits who are often thought to steal objects.

Read more:

Strange brew: Starbucks introduces coffee with olive oil

Obrador shared two photos, one of the alleged alux and another of an ancient sculpture depicting the spirit at Ek’ Balam, a Yucatec-Mayan archaeological site in Mexico.

The story continues below the ad

In Spanish, Obrador wrote that the photo of the aluxe was taken on Wednesday by an engineer working to develop a new tourist train in the country.

“Everything is mysterious,” Obrador wrote in Spanish.

In the dark photo, a blurry, shadowy figure is seen sitting in a tree. There appears to be something on the figure’s head. Two circular lights – potentially stars – make up the eyes of the alux.

The president’s tweet has been shared nearly 8,000 times.

Although Obrador said the photo was taken by an engineer on Wednesday, the photo is much older than that. USA Today reported that the image was shared online in February 2021 when a man said he saw the image unknown creature in a park in Manchester, England.

The story continues below the ad

The next day, Mexican media said the photo was of a “witch” in Nuevo León in northeastern Mexico, according to USA Today.

Read more:

Rare Frank Lloyd Wright beachfront home sells for $22 million in California

The story continues below the ad

The ancient Mayan civilization reached its peak from 300 AD. to 900 AD on the Yucatan Peninsula and in adjacent parts of Central America, but descendants of the Maya continue to live on the peninsula.

Many continue to speak the Mayan language and wear traditional clothing, while preserving traditional food, crops, religion and medicine, despite the Spanish conquest of the region between 1527 and 1546.

— with files from The Associated Press.

© 2023 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.