Little People of Central America.

Etymology: Yucatec (Mayan) word. Plural, Aluxob.

Variant names: Ahlu't (Quiche/Mayan), Aluche (Spanish), A'lus, Barux, Kat.

Physical description: Height, 2 feet 6 inches-4 feet. Stout and squat. Disproportionately large head. Long black beard. Powerful muscles. Females have large breasts.

Behavior: Said to live in small votary shrines at Mayan temples. Whistles "chuii, chuii." Usually naked but sometimes wears a tunic. Some times wears a wide-brimmed palm hat. Guards treasure. Has a tiny dog. Pushes people out of their hammocks. Said to inflict fevers. Local people sometimes leave food as a peace offering. Uses a machete. Throws pebbles or stonelike pellets. Carries a shotgun.

Distribution: Mayan archaeological sites in Yucatan State, Mexico; Guatemala.

Sources: Virginia Rodriquez Rivera, "Los duendes en Mexico (el alux)," Folklore Americano 10, no. 10 (1962): 68-85; Rolfe F. Schell, Yank in Yucatan: Adventures and Guide through Eastern Mexico (Fort Myers Beach, Fla.: Island Press, 1963); Bill Mack, "Mexico's Little People," Fate 37 (August 1984): 38-41; Loren Coleman, Curious Encounters (Boston: Faber and Faber, 1985), pp. 47-48, 50-51, 54-55, 57-58; John E. Roth, American Elves (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1997), pp. 96-105; Scott Corrales, "Aluxoob: Little People of the Maya," Fate 54 (June 2001): 30-34.

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