As the second part to my time at my sister's Halloween party, I have come to share a tale with you.
This is a legend shared throughout Mexico and the Southwest United States. Anywhere you may encounter a person of Mexican descent, they will tell you that they know this story. This is the story of La Llorona (pronounced Yoh-RROH-nah)), in English, she is called the Wailing Woman or Weeping Woman.
Young children are told to come home before night fall and to stay away from open bodies of water, because La Llorona will get them. Wandering husbands are threatened with stories that La Llorona will come and steal their children if they cheat on their wives. Women who dote on their husbands too much and ignore their children are often told of La Llorona.
Long ago a young beautiful Mexican woman, Maria, believed she was the better than everyone else because of her beauty. She refused to even look at any of the men in her village. One day a very handsome Spanish man in very regal looking clothing rode into the village on a large beautiful horse. She decided that he would be the man for her. She acted as though she was not interested, and turned away any time the handsome man would look at her or try to speak to her. He even went to her home to serenade her and she ignored his advances. Maria married the handsome man and they had two children. One day he took too long to come home, and Maria waited, and waited. His trips out to the fields and prairies started to take longer and longer. Rumors arose that he had decided to marry a woman of his same class and leave Maria to fen for herself. The handsome man began to ignore Maria and would only pay attention to the children. One day, Maria saw him with another woman, and her children ran to him. He ignored Maria completely, and her rage led her to drag the children to the nearby river where she drowned them. As she watched their bodies float down the river, she realized what she had done and ran after them, but the river moved quickly and she fell to the ground, dead from the grief of what she had just done.
People in the village said they heard crying by the river since that night she was buried. Those who would stay out late, would often see her in the white robe she was buried in. She often catches some children who are never seen or heard from again. She manifests as a beautiful woman to men with wandering eyes, and if they follow her, they too disappear.
So, be careful, don't stay out too late, especially if there is water nearby, because La Llorona will get you...