La Llorona: The Real Legend and Origins

By | April 18, 2019
La Llorona: The Real Legend and Origins

It is said that since European settlers Arrived in the Americas many people Believed that something sinister roamed Their rivers the sound of what seemed to Be a wailing woman would be heard Drifting up from the water’s edge When hurt people would whisper that Trouble and possibly even death itself Was due to strike the wailing was Thought to come from the spirit of a Woman whose tragedy was preserved in Oral tradition echoing down the Generations and if the tales are to be Believed perpetuating more tragedy for Rather than simply being an omen of Death it is said that the weeping woman Was the one to inflict it the story of The weeping woman has evolved throughout Time and has many variants since at Least the turn of the 20th century the Figure at the center of this terrifying Tale has been called la araña Which means the weeping woman in Spanish Despite the prevalence of La Llorona Folklore tracing its origin is Complicated due to the existence of Several different versions of the story In one popularized account of how la Llorona came to be the wailing woman’s Name was Louisa in oral tradition she is Described as having being a woman of the People most beautiful faithful and good She supposedly lived during the time of Spanish dominion of the Americas the

Time of man like the noble and wealthy Cavalier Don Nuno de Montes klaris Louise’s beauty it is said quote the Nobleman’s attention and he thus quoted Her and proposed to marry her due to Their different social standings the don Proposed a secret marriage – which Louisa consented their marriage was Happy for a long time they had three Children together and he could barely Stand to be away from her and the Secrets and joyous life that they had Made for Selves however their relationship was Destined to end in heartache one day There arrived a woman from Madrid who Took the Dons love away from Luisa his Visits grew shorter and shorter until Finally Louise’s neighbors began talking About a famous wedding taking place Between the noble Don and a beautiful And noble lady from Madrid Louisa refused to believe that her Husband could betray her and their Children so she went into the city to See it with her own eyes when she Arrived she joined the crowd outside the Dons home and witnessed him give a toast To his new wife silently Louisa walked Back to the home she had shared with the Don their marriage their home and even Their children were now all tainted in Her eyes with a dagger in hand Luisa destroyed all that they had built

Together their marriage their home their Children were gone forever afterwards Luisa was found shrieking and crying in The streets with crimson colored hands Her trial was Swift as was her execution Since that time it is said that tragic Luisa continues to wander throughout the New world dressed in white wailing and Crying and that all who hear her cry Will die within a week in a different Version of the story Louisa is Maria and The Don a nameless nobleman Louisa has Also been said to have thrown her Children in the river upon discovering Her husband’s infidelity whereupon she Too died searching for them by the water In this variant of the legend it is said That she now haunts the waterways Kidnapping any children she encounters Late at night most often the story States that the spectral woman is Dressed in white The story of Louisa and the dawn was Claimed to be true by many is extremely Difficult to verify Even though stories passed by Word-of-mouth invariably change it still May be that a grain of truth is retained Those who have analyzed the weeping Woman legend have suggested that Liliana Has a long tradition which may date back To the initial Spanish conquest of the Americas shortly before the Spanish Arrived a story supposedly began to

Circulate amongst the Aztecs of a Weeping female spirit who appeared Before several witnesses some thought it To be one of their goddesses who was in Mourning for her children the indigenous People of the Americas and their great Empire which was about to fall at the Hands of foreigners in this case La Llorona is not a sinister spirit but Rather the ever-present mourner of a Conquered culture another possible Origin of the tale is that the weeping Woman is Lamar Lin Chao a native woman Called morena by Spaniards who played a Vital role in the Spanish conquest of Mexico Hernan Cortes the Spanish Conquistador who led the conquest took Her as his mistress as she acted as his Interpreter morena was always at Cortez’s site and they even had a son Together however their relationship Eventually broke down with some Suggesting that she was cast aside when Cortes married a noble Spanish lady her Break with Cortes was so absolute that The history books lose track of morena After this moment so much so that we Cannot even say for certain when or how She died Although some parallels exist between The stories of morena and the legendary Luisa marinas son by Hernan Cortez Martin Cortez grew up to be a formidable Man even being anointed a knight of

Santiago by the king of Spain the Highest military honour of the time the Fact that we can trace Martin into Adulthood Does not seem to align with the tragic End that the weeping woman’s children Supposedly met however even then it Could be interpreted that when Martin Was sent to Europe to grow up at a royal Court it was seen by native peoples as a Sort of sinful abandonment on the part Of morena To allow her son to go down the river And be taken by foreigners it may also Be the case that La Llorona is a legend That fuses the new and the old worlds Certainly the story does bear Resemblance to certain archaic myths the Indigenous people of Southern California Have a creature in their folklore known As the maxilla which is said to cry in Trees when one hears that sound it is Said to mean certain death from the old World there is the tale of the Greek Demigod s Lamia according to legend she Had an affair with Zeus the king of all Gods once here azusa’s wife learned of Her husband’s betrayal she killed all of The children Lamia had by Zeus driven Mad by the death of her children Lamia was said to have began wandering The earth abducting children it could Therefore be that some form of Syncretism a merger between old and new

Led to the birth of the weeping woman Legend after all la Orana Is not the only tale which seems to Borrow from these traditional stories Similar again is La Lechuza A monstrous creature found in Mexican Folklore described as being able to Shape-shift between a woman and a huge Owl like bird La Lechuza is said Crying trees before abducting helpless Victims most often children regardless Of the origin of the legend many people Even in present times believe la Orana Is real with some even claiming to have Seen her in 2017 in the rural town of San Charlie’s in Argentina a 27 year old Man reported having seen La Llorona on The road whilst on his motorcycle he Recorded a video of his encounter Over it says So and they end they annoyed me we Italian baby mmm oh my boy oh yeah okay It appears as though the man was forced To stop when he realized a white Specter Was in the middle of the road when it Starts approaching him he can be heard Repeating it’s okay I’m leaving Whilst nothing definitive can be Ascertained from this footage it is not A singular incident there are a great Number of videos similar to this one the Purport to have captured the weeping Woman on camera and reported encounters With the spectre are nothing new in the

Past hundred years la Rana has emerged Out of oral tradition and has begun to Be reported in news articles one example Dates back to 1917 when a local Newspaper reported a rash of sightings Of the weeping woman on Cameron Street In San Antonio Texas in more recent Times the malevolent spirit has Supposedly moved further north to places Including Indiana where la Orana Sightings have been reported since the 1990s and with increased usage of the Internet and video sharing sites like YouTube reports of La Llorona are only Becoming more prevalent indeed if one Were to link the weeping woman to many White lady ghost sightings around the World then this may even be a global Phenomenon A similar tale can be found in England Where a white lady supposedly haunts Porchester castle it is said that she Can be heard crying for her children at Night as she searches for them for all Eternity in Irish folklore that is the Banshee A female spirit who when witnessed Shrieking foretells the death of a Family member there is even a story of a Group of teenagers from Bangkok in Thailand who after seeing a white lady Died in a series of accidents in 2017 a News article detailing the case even Stated that a medium had explained the

Deaths as been caused by a vengeful Spirit as such this type of story is not Exclusive to the Americas but rather Common across Europe and Asia as well Where many believed that seeing a white Lady heralds death However la Orana does add the terrifying Aspect of herself being the perpetrator And not just the messenger Thus she is not merely an omen but an Active and malevolent entity it is this Terrifying aspect of her legend that has Made her somewhat of a household name Even leading to a park on the Rio Grande Being named after her where some believe She haunts the river certainly la Rana Has become such a sensation in the Americas that she has inspired a recent Movie chillingly however some members of The cast and crew have claimed that this Film was not just inspired by her but Had her present onset as well the Director of the curse of La Llorona Michel Chavez who claims to be generally Skeptical of paranormal phenomena stated In a newspaper interview with the Los Angeles Times that we did have some Creepy supernatural occurrences half the Crew actually does believe that the House we shot in was haunted and there Might have been something to that When asked if she thought la Orana was Haunting the house actress Patricia Velasquez stated that she thinks she was

There so is like your honor real many People certainly seem to think so However with all things such as this Seeing is believing And when seeing foreshadows death the House it is best not to know thank you For watching and an extra thank you to Our patrons for all of your continued Support if you enjoyed this I encourage You to like and subscribe for more of The paranormal if you have not done so Already and if you cannot wait until my Next video why not check out the one Suggested on the screen now until next Time You