The Mexican Legend of La Llorona

The Mexican Legend of La Llorona

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.

The La Llorona Ghost Story

The River

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.

The Weeping Woman

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?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

6 thoughts on “The Mexican Legend of La Llorona

  1. LOVE the story, and I will be bookmarking your page. I love paranormal stories of any kind, I’d say its my “sweet tooth” if you will. This article was well written, and the image of a women weeping along a river bank in a white gown gives me chills. Keep up the great work!!!

  2. Hmm, this is an interesting folktale. I’ve never heard of this one before but I always loved folktales growing up. My opinion about how true it is – I feel that it’s never entirely true but it has some truth behind it. Because all stories come out from some truth that happened in someone’s life. But like you said, a lot of the tales are done to make children not do a certain thing. I remember we had a folk tale of not eating veggies. If we didn’t eat the veggies, a monster would come to eat us. What is a folk tale from your childhood? Is the legend of La Llorana your childhood memory?

    1. Folktale from my childhood? 

      Man that’s a hard one – I suppose the one I remember is Jack Frost, coming round every night throughout winter and freezing stuff (so you needed to be tucked up safe in bed!)

  3. Thank you, I just love legends like this, about La Llarona. In legends, they are a form of education, just as there is in fairy tales. There is a hidden message inside. They want to teach something to the people. We see what we believe, so when you believe in ghosts, like the people who live in the haunted area of Mora and Guadalupita, they probably have a lively imagination when they are close to that river.


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