La llorona: beware of crying women

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La Llorona  (La Llorona),  «Weeping Woman ” – a mysterious woman from the legend, widespread not only in Mexico, but in all Latin America. Her images are found in painting and in graffiti, as well as on automobile stickers and tablets near reservoirs, warning children of danger. About it, and sing traditional musicians, Mariachi, and modern artists. Her image is often used in literature, cinema and in theatrical productions. The third Mexican legend is called The Mourner, putting her in line with the Virgin of Guadalupe and Malinche (interpreter and mistress of Ernan Cortes).

Most often, La Jorona is depicted in white (sometimes in black) dress, with a distorted face and thick black hair. According to legend, on a full moon, she wanders along the banks of rivers, scaring passers-by with her groans “Oh, my children!”. It’s the ghost of a mother crying for her children.

Why is she crying and where are her children? The legend tells the story of a simple girl who gave birth to two children from a noble hidalgo. But he abandoned her, having chosen his girlfriend as his wife. In a rage, she ran to the river and drowned her children. Then she rushed into the river herself. But when she was in front of God, he asked her: “Where are your children?”. “I do not know where they are” – a girl lied, and the Lord sent her spirit to the ground with the order “So go and find them!” Since then, Crying is doomed to eternal wandering around the world. She became insidious and vengeful, meeting with her can ruin both a man and a woman, but more often she hunts children – drags them into the water.

The image of a ghost woman who hunts for souls is in many cultures. These are mermaids, and the Iranian Banshee, and the White woman, and Lilith.

The most famous song dedicated to this legend is called La Llorona. It was performed by many, but, perhaps, best of all – the famous Chavela Vargas. She became famous in 1940-1950, performed in the US and Europe, was familiar with many Hollywood stars, fought for the rights of women, was officially recognized as a shaman, left the scene for almost 30 years. In 1990, she triumphantly returned to the stage, performing in the best concert halls of the planet.

She starred and recorded music for the films Pedro Almodovar And in the film “Frida” Cavela Vargas, who at that time was 83 years old, pierced this famous song. By the way, Vargas herself had close, perhaps, love relationships with the artist Frida Kahlo, she lived in the house of Frida until her death.