La Llorona, or “the Weeping Woman,” is a 500-year-old ghost story from Mexico about a beautiful woman named Maria who marries a handsome, wealthy rancher. They have two children together, upon whom Maria’s husband dotes, but over the years he grows more and more distant from her…
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One day while walking along the river with her kids, Maria catches her husband with another woman.
In a fit of rage, she throws her children into the river, and they drown. She instantly regrets it.
She runs to the riverbank and reaches toward the water, trying to retrieve them. But it’s no use.
Racked with guilt and grief, she throws herself into the water and drowns along with them.
When she arrives at the gates of heaven, she is asked where her children are. Unable to come up with a satisfactory answer, she is banned from heaven and cursed to spend eternity wandering the earth, searching for her children, and constantly weeping (hence her name).
She is trapped between the mortal world and the spirit world, and cannot escape.
In some versions of the story, La Llorona kidnaps children who resemble the ones she drowned.
Some people say they hear her wailing near riverbeds late at night: “Oh, my children!” ♦