Dots in field names on Elasticsearch 5.5


I'm getting the "dot not allowed in field name" exception, on a 5.5 cluster on AWS (elasticsearch service), the odd thing is that this doesn't happen on my local ES running on a docker container, I'd assume this is a configuration issue on AWS side, I read everywhere that dots in field names are allowed in 5.x so I'm confused on what is triggering this behaviour and if there's a way to debug this

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/app/src/app/company/common/", line 539, in save
  File "/app/src/app/company/esp_search/", line 464, in index_model_instance
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/elasticsearch/client/", line 73, in _wrapped
    return func(*args, params=params, **kwargs)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/elasticsearch/client/", line 300, in index
    _make_path(index, doc_type, id), params=params, body=body)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/elasticsearch/", line 318, in perform_request
    status, headers, data = connection.perform_request(method, url, params, body, ignore=ignore, timeout=timeout)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/elasticsearch/connection/", line 128, in perform_request
    self._raise_error(response.status, raw_data)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/elasticsearch/connection/", line 124, in _raise_error
    raise HTTP_EXCEPTIONS.get(status_code, TransportError)(status_code, error_message, additional_info)
RequestError: TransportError(400, u'mapper_parsing_exception', u"Field name [app.thing.action] cannot contain '.'")

What request are you making? At a quick glance, I don't see that error message in the 5.x codebase.

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