La Llorona

The “La Llorona,” or “Crying Lady” legend, thrives within Latin American culture and various versions of this legendary figure continue to pass from one generation to the next. Within our Traditional Mexican American Folklore Collection—worth approximately $1,000,000—we have over 1,400 tales about “La Llorona.” Some individuals believe that “La Llorona,” the ghost of a mother, cries with regret for her dead children near bodies of water because she ended their lives in a river. Others believe “La Llorona” lures drunken men into the forest, eventually revealing herself to them as a skeleton and wailing out loud. Many versions of this legend, containing both negative and positive connotations, have multiple morals embedded in them. The multimedia clips below show a few interpretations of this legendary figure.


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