The Crying Woman

Prayers to the emptiness

It is said that in the Colonial Mexico of the sixteenth century, during the nights, a thin woman dressed in white wandered through the dark streets of the Center of the city. Their high-pitched cries terrified people, who sheltered in their homes to await the arrival of dawn.

- My children ... have been lost, can someone help me ?, oh, my children!

A woman of indigenous roots who had the love of a refined Spanish gentleman, was a dream story. She loved him fiercely and that's why she became the mother of three children. He longed to marry his gallant gentleman, but the moment of proposition eluded him constantly; He always convinced her that their relationship worked better in the shadows.

- The bells of the church ring and remind me of my desire to marry. I asked and questioned ... I asked and I prayed ... for my children ...

But the noble stopped being it. Concerned about maintaining his image before society, he left aside the mother of his children and married a Spanish lady.

Upon learning, the rage and pain completely enveloped this woman ... she stopped thinking clearly and took her three children to the edge of a river, where she hugged them, submerging them in the water until they stopped breathing. An act of piety to avoid the suffering of an absent father.

Immediately the weight of her decision was too much and she too was left to die in the river.

- Oh, my children!

People who saw him near the Plaza Mayor or heard him shout painfully nicknamed him "La Llorona", the essence of a woman whose guilt does not let her rest and now roams hopelessly, looking for her children.

- Oh, my children!


That is the most popular version of the legend of "La Llorona", but you can hear others depending on who you ask.

When attributed a pre-Hispanic origin, La Llorona was an apparition that the Aztec priests witnessed floating on the lake of Texcoco. Their laments were similar, but not for regretting the past, but a disappointment at the impotence of knowing the next fall of the Mexica empire at the hands of the conquerors.

Another version indicates that this woman is the penitent spirit of "La Malinche", who, regretting having betrayed her people, screams desperately ...

Whatever the context of the story, La Llorona is always described as a very thin woman, dressed entirely in white that screams, cries and laments with such pain that sends a chill straight to the heart of the listener.

La Llorona

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