La Leyenda de la Llorona. We’ve all heard this story of a weeping woman that wanders through riverbanks and lagoons desperately searching for her children. As a child, I was told that late at night a woman in a ripped up white dress with a veil over her head cries the words, “ Ahi mis hijos… donde estan mis hijos” and if this doesn’t bring chills down your back maybe an audio that was recorded will. Prior to my research these questions came about first, understanding why she became a weeping woman, where she originated from, and how she’s portrayed as more of a legend(the way they draw her , the stories that change throughout the cultures/years and even a song about her story).
The story of why she became the weeping woman is from my own interpretation. So, She was a beautiful woman, had 3 children that she loved dearly. Until one day, she wanted to have the attention of a lover, this lover didn’t want her because of her children, so what she did was unspeakable… she then went to near river and drowned all of her children. She then claimed her love to her lover.. but all in all he didn’t want her. She then realized what she had done and killed herself. One her way to heaven, God didn’t let her in because there was no way she would come in without her children, he then told her, “ Bring the souls of your lost children and until you find them and bring them with you, you are not welcomed.” This is why she roams the rivers and lagoons looking for her children. Many stories like these for example Joe Hayes, claims that La llorona, falls into, “3 categories. 1) vague warnings that she might be wandering about, 2) legendary tales that explain the origin of a crying ghost, 3) anecdotes of encounters with her.” The vague warnings of people telling children not to be out late a night especially in the areas where there is water streams involved because La llorona will come a get you. Many tales of where she originated from and how different cultures interpret her stories of where she actually came from. Being that her story was from the 1500 century, there might be true to it but then again it has been modified for many years. To the last category, the anecdotes of her spirit, is from the own experience of each family or communities.
Throughout my investigation I came across the origin of la llorona. In the link below is a little insight of what we all fear to discover. So history tells us that she originated from the century 1500 in divine Aztec. She was an aztec goddess. Crazy. We are in the 21st century and this legend still lives all over North America. In the link below, it certainly tells us her history and other stories about her. All in all she’s a monster that polices the borders of the possible, borders that shouldn’t be crossed. Parents place fear in their children, telling them that la llorona will take them away. Many believed this to be true, because her spirit roams at night seeking for her lost children. That’s why many children wouldn’t be out late at night, because once you hear her she was bound to come and get you. She also fits in the category of thesis 2 in the article Monster culture of the seven theses. Theses 2 states that the monster always escapes. No matter how hard you try to run away from her she’ll always find a way back to the river, streams and lagoons. She comes from within “coming back from the dead to tell you a message.”(par.3) She is heard all through NorthAmerica, during the night, reason why this monster always escapes. Yeah let’s act like that’s not creepy at all. The message I believe she comes backs to leave is not to place fear on anyone but for her to find peace, to let her spirit roam in peace in search of her children.
La llorona is definitely portrayed as a legend. An example of this, is when a chilling story came about. This story about a mexican woman named Juana Lejia who attempted to kill her seven children by throwing them into a buffalo bayou, in Huston Texas. In this incident she killed 2 of her children. When she was interviewed about this incident she claimed to be La llorona. She was a victim of domestic violence and was trying to end the suffering of her and there children. There are many cases like hers that people try to “copycat” these incidents of the legends. Another way she’s portrayed as a legend is through the celebrations they have for her in the small village in Xochomilco, since she was an Aztec goddess. But, in this small village La llorona is claimed to be a traitor to her own people because she gave information to the spaniards, as it appears in the article of The evolving legend of la llorona by Amy Fuller.
“la llorona is portrayed as a traitor to her people by passing information to the Spaniards, which leads to their defeat. The play also contains another element of the folk story, as it opens with an Aztec mother goddess wailing a lament for her children as a forewarning of the Conquest.” This is an example of how she is still honored. different countries and villages paint a different picture of la llorona, although her actual whereabouts are unknown, this story comes down from generation to generation. “The annual performance of La llorona on Mexico City’s Lake Xochimilco most explicitly presents the importance of the legend as an expression of Mexican identity. One advert for the production states that: ‘Our nation was born from the tears of la llorona’ This version of the play runs for two weeks at the end of October and beginning of November, and has been performed for over 20 years.” With this information it gives us a clear understanding of how people cope with this legend. With the quote of that their nation was born with the tears of la llorona, I feel as if they mean this is the way they cope with this idea, la llorona gave this specific village an identity. Many believe she came from Mexico but one will never actually know. She is also celebrated her in California in modern days. For example, a maze that was made especially in her honor at Universal Studios. For that reason a link below was provided that even in todays day we are truly fascinated by this paranormal entity that still roams the rivers and the lakes.
All in all a legend never dies. I grew up listening to different stories about la llorona, she is someone that became part of my culture. I was truly intrigued to learn about her origin and to see different stories about her and how people portray this phenonmon. I really hope you find truth in some of my investigation that I have put together. Make sure not to read at night. I was doing this investigation and I scared myself.

Annotated Bibliography

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr9eF_hNcxI
Check out min 6:15’ you can hear la llorona’s cries. This source is also valuable and credible to my investigation to show truth in the a story of a woman that roams rivers and streams in findings of her children that will never be found. in her screams theres agony and frustration.
In this youtube link you can hear her cries. Some people claim to to have seen her others to just hear her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUfO7O4IbSM
In this youtube link I also wanted to cooperate it in my essay but I couldn’t figure out how. This in my opinion is additional information about la llorona. In this song she is explained as being such a beautiful woman like an angelic figure type of way comparing her to the virgin mary.

Fuller, Amy. “The Evolving Legend of La Llorona. (Cover Story).” History Today, vol. 65, no. 11, Nov. 2015, pp. 39-44. EBSCOhost, chaffey.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=110537715&site=ehost-live.

In this source its credible because it was found amongst the database. This information tells you a little about the celebrations of la llorona and how these different cultures portray her as. She is not seen like in monster in most places, and through these celebrations we can tell how important she is to these cultures.

http://www.englishwithtuttle.com/uploads/3/0/2/6/30266519/cohen_monster_culture__seven_theses__3-20.pdf

This last source is incredibly reliable. It tells us how to identify a monster and with that being said La llorona falls into two of these seven theses as explained throughout my essay; the reason why she falls into these theses and how she is identified to being this type of monster, by her characteristics.