Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your day is going well! Since Halloween is less than a week away, I wanted to tell you about La Llorona (The Crying Woman). As a child, La Llorona was sometimes used to scare me if I didn’t go to bed at a certain hour. If I didn’t fall asleep, she was supposedly coming to kidnap me as one of her children! La Llorona is a big part of Latino folklore. The story is said to have originated in Mexico as far back as the 1500’s when Spain conquered the Aztecs.
Legend says Maria drowned her children in a Mexican river after her husband left her for a younger woman. She cries late at night as she looks for them screaming “Ay! Mis hijos!” (Oh my children!) Since she’s unable to find them, she drowns herself. The legend says she was unable to go to heaven until she finds her children. According to my childhood neighborhood friends, La Llorona was hiding in and around the nearby Rio Grande River. My neighborhood friends claimed to have seen her reflection in the Rio Grande. They said they also saw her running around the Rio Grande. I don’t know if my friends were confusing Maria with Bloody Mary but it was also said she would also appear in one’s mirror if you called her name three times. Maria was a beautiful woman. She was said to have long and flowing black hair. I never saw La Llorona because I was an obedient little girl…well most of the time anyway!
How about you? Did your parents or grandparents tell you any ghost stories to make you go to bed? What are some of your favorite ghost stories? Do you have any plans for Halloween? Stay tuned for more ghost stories here on Life of an El Paso Woman!
Photo from Cheryl Wallace