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Spanish Myths/Legends

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Caroline A

on 15 May 2011

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Transcript of Spanish Myths/Legends

La Llorona Many years ago, there was a beautiful girl named Maria. Since she thought that she was so pretty, she thought she was better than all the other women. When she became older she thought of marriage, but all the men in her town were too ugly for her. She thought she deserved to marry a handsome, wealthy man. One day her wish came true. A handsome, young ranchero, who was the son of a wealthy rancher, rode into town. She knew this was the man she wanted to marry and knew the perfect way to get him. Every time he tried to talk to her, she would ignore him. Her plan worked. The rancher fell for her and they soon got married and had two children. Soon after, the rancher wanted to go back to the wild life of the prairies. He left town for months at a time and only returned to see the children. She found out her husband didn't even like her anymore and was going to marry someone who was wealthier. Maria became very angry at the ranchero. She also became angry at the children because he paid attention to them and not her. One evening, Maria was strolling with her children down a pathway near the river when the ranchero came up in a carriage with a beautiful young woman riding next to him. He only stopped to talk to the children, but completely ignored Maria. When she saw them leave, a terrible rage filled her and it turned against her children. Maria was so angry that she threw her children into the river. But as they dissapeared down the stream, she realized what she had done and stretched her arms out to them, but they were gone. The next morning, a traveler told the villagers that a beautiful woman lay dead on the bank of the river. That is where they found her and then buried her in a long white robe. The first night she was in her grave, the villagers could hear weeping by the river and saw a woman in a white robe. On dark nights, they can see her weeping for her children. They no longer spoke of her as Maria. From then on, they called her La Llorona (the weeping woman).
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