Growing up in California, the Mexican influence is very strong. From having Mexican restaurants in nearly very city in the state, Mexican folklore is very familiar to Californians. One story that we are constantly told as kids is the one of this crying woman. Our Mexican friends usually told us about the story of La llorona.
There is a lot variants of this story’s origins. This is a horror story that has been passed down for about 500 years. So, there will always be some details that were changed. For the most commonly told, it’s starts with a beautiful woman named Maria. In reference, I will be sharing the version my friends told me as a kid.
Maria was said to be so beautiful. Her beauty attracted a wealthy rancher. Maria was a very vain woman. She loved attention and being the center of it. This flaw would come back and haunt her.
Eventually, the wealthy rancher and Maria had three children. She loved those kids. After some time, her husband stop paying Maria attention. His focus was more on the ranch and his three children. Maria slowly grew to envy her children.
One day, Maria saw her husband with his mistress. Lost in rage, she went to her children. Seeing her husband in her children, she took out her anger on them. With her kids, she went to a local river. Drowned each of them, slowly and with cruelty.
After killing her kids, she came back to reality. Maria started to regret what she just did. In guilt, she drowned herself. Now Legend states, her ghost walks rivers of the American Southwest and Mexico looking for children to kill.
This myth brings so much nostalgia to me. It reminds me of the times I spent camping with my friends as a kid. Their parents used to tell us the story of La Llorona so we wouldn’t wander too faraway. Of course, now I do not believe in this story. I just think it was a kid’s horror story. However, as a kid I was truly scared. With all that, still wanted to share this with you all. Next time you are in the southwest usa or mexico, you will be informed in case you hear a woman crying by the river.
Thank you so much for reading! Much love and safe travels! Since it’s October, I will be sharing some American and Latin American folklore.
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I watched a program on discovery channel about La Llorona.
She’s occasionally spotted as a ghost according to some locals and I heard she still cries…
yeah, imagine hearing this story as a kid running on the river beds. it’s truly an interesting story
There usually is some truth in myths or legends
yes very true!
Thank you! Once again
I grew up with this legend as well, when your a kid it does make you think twice about misbehaving, lol.
Lol yeah 😂 never thought about going to river alone as a kid. Also, the boggie man used scare me alot.
Oh right, el cucuy….🤣
😲 are you mexican?
Hispanic/Latin of Mexican decent, I was born in California but raised in Texas on the Texas/Mexico border in El Paso. So I know of La Llorona, el Cucuy and all the other myths grown ups use to tell us to make us behave, lol.
😲 wow! Crossed that border once. Super nerve recking. Cool to know i have fellow Hispanics reading my posts.
Thanks for sharing. I grew up in So AZ and never heard it. I have seen that in many stories passed down, that they are created to control. Like you said, you were careful to not get too far from the camping area.
Wow that’s intetesting! I thought it would be well known in AZ. Yeah, it’s good in a way but also somewhat limiting of freedom. Glad i outgrow that. Programs installed in us at a young age are keep in place, if we aren’t careful.
I heard a little, very famous story, chilling.
yes it’s has become part of hollywood. which is always bad
It’s not too likely I’ll be there but I’ll listen if I ever am 🙂 🙂
Haha still stay safe 😃 thank you for reading!
Great pairing of story and pictures!
Thank you so much! 🙂
This is so sad! More a reflection of the intense sentiment against women back then in the culture, I think. No interactive dynamics about husband and wife as two people. Cautionary tale for sure, but for reasons different than when the story started 😞 I’m glad you posted this, great reminder of what hopefully’ll one day be a truly past culture ❤️
Cool story man! 🙂