This article will be taking a look at the Mexican legend of La Llorona – a simple folktale…or a legend based on fact?
Let’s take a closer look…
The La Llorona Ghost Story
There are several versions of the 500-year-old Mexican ghost story…and all of them start with the most beautiful woman in Mexico…
The woman’s name is Maria, and she is very adapt at using her beautiful ‘assets’ to get what she wants from the male population of where she lives. It’s no surprise really that she ends up marrying the most eligible and wealthiest bachelor in town.
Unfortunately for Maria, her rich husband lost interest in her after she had given him two young sons. Legend points to the fact that he began disappearing on ‘business’ trips for months at a time.
Before long she realized that he was having numerous affairs…and she began to blame her sons for her husband’s bad behavior.
One night Maria decided to take her two young sons with her for a walk along the local river banks. After a couple of miles of their stroll, her estranged husband pulled up in a horse drawn carriage…with a younger woman!
Maria’s husband was not happy about the fact that his sons were out this late, and that they were walking in such a dangerous area.
He demanded that the two boys get in the carriage with him.
When Maria saw her children with her husband, and his new conquest, she realized that they now had the love she so desperately wanted from her man.
In a possessed rage, she dragged the two boys out of the carriage and threw them into the river.
Her rage suddenly disappeared…and she realized what she had done…
She ran down the river bank frantically trying to catch up with her drowning children…but she was too late.
The Weeping Woman
Maria never got over what she had done…and slowly went crazy through extreme grief. She would roam the river banks for weeks on end, her white gown began to soil and deteriorate, gaining her the horrifying signature look.
She refused to talk to anyone, and she refused to eat. She spent the rest of her life walking along the river bank weeping uncontrollably for her lost children.
The Mexican Legend of La Llorona
Rumor has it that you can sill hear her restless spirit weeping and still mourning the loss of her children around the banks of the Santa Fe River.
There have also been numerous sightings of her weeping spirit between Mora and Guadalupita.
Locals to the area are dead set on the idea that Maria’s ghost, La Llorona, is a real entity, and it has been haunting the area for centuries.
Skeptics believe that La Llorona is nothing more than a tale created to frighten young children away from the river…a tale that has somehow now turned into a bit of an urban legend.
What do you think?
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