Eye Candy

The Legend of La Llorona

If you listen closely, you might hear her call…


  • Milala February 17th, 2014 11:21 PM

    María Fernanda, your photos are my absolute favorite ones on Rookie! I never miss them. ¡Buenísimas!

  • lexjuly February 17th, 2014 11:23 PM

    Creepy, but perfect.

  • brontosaurus February 18th, 2014 12:05 AM

    This is so creepy and gorgeous. I grew up hearing versions of La Llorona stories so this is particularly familiar


  • greystar February 18th, 2014 12:16 AM

    Oh the stories I used to hear about La Llorona when I was younger…they used to really keep me up at night. This was great! I loved it!

  • diana94 February 18th, 2014 1:39 AM

    you know some people argue that stories like “la llorona” and “la malinche” are used to help perpetuate guilt in women, some will argue la llorona helps perpetuate guilt of abortion and malinche helps perpetuate race betrayal for when women try to liberate themselves by forming coalitions with other women, it is very interesting.

  • Pearl February 18th, 2014 2:02 AM

    Great series of photos even though this story gave me goosebumps! *shudders*
    P for Pearl

  • AndreaGG February 18th, 2014 2:47 AM

    Ah, la llorona, that’s one of my favorite stories, really traditional here :)

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  • Sho-Sho February 18th, 2014 6:06 AM

    I LOVE hearing ghost stories from cultures and countries other than my own!

  • pizzaface February 18th, 2014 6:52 AM

    Absolutely stunning photos! And I love how you based them on the story.

  • Paola February 18th, 2014 1:19 PM

    I grew up with a version of this story. I think it’s so cool that they vary from country to country and even region to region of Mexico (where my family’s from).

  • thebrownette February 18th, 2014 2:51 PM

    2 and 3 remind me of the in-town shots in the 1973 movie “Messiah of Evil”…the town was *abandoned* and the camera followed characters walking around *alone.* It’s VERY eerie.

  • inesc February 18th, 2014 4:00 PM

    This is so beautiful, maybe even my fave eye candy ever!!


  • María Inés Gul February 18th, 2014 5:47 PM

    I’ve always loved that story, well done Maria!!!!!

  • flocha February 18th, 2014 5:57 PM

    I love these pictures and also these kinds of ancient ghost stories <3


  • Ingrid V February 18th, 2014 6:02 PM

    This is so great! La Llorona has always creeped me out while growing up (I’m mexican, too) but this set of pictures is simply creepy in a perfect way!

  • anna eve February 18th, 2014 6:35 PM

    Terrifying in the best possible way!


  • Hannah L February 18th, 2014 11:39 PM

    wow these are great! I just read a version of this story but it was slightly differet, la llorona drowned her kids because she was annoyed at all their crying but she doesn’t regret it and then when she gets to hell her punishment is that she has to the search the banks of the river for them for all eternity

  • tortu12 February 19th, 2014 2:01 AM

    This is great – kind of like a picture book :)

  • Mary the freak February 20th, 2014 12:49 PM

    i love this one. it reminds me of frida kahlo :)


  • BaffledWaffle February 22nd, 2014 11:00 AM

    Growing up in a village north of Albuquerque, La Llorona was our primary local boogeyman. The first time I heard the story, it was first or second grade and I was on the school bus. My walk home form the bus stop took me along the acequia (irrigation channel). I remember running SO FAST along the ditch so she wouldn’t catch me.

    In retrospect, it’s a good story to tell kids if you want them to stay away from the acequia and not drown.