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La Llorona

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Dawn Ellis

on 19 February 2013

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Transcript of La Llorona

Legend/Folklore Tradition: History: Lamia with her lover La Malinche
Approximately 500 years ago to present time. La Llorona is said to haunt along rivers, oceans and other bodies of water. She is known in many cultures, but is more popular with the Latin culture. Roughly 500 years ago began a folktale that would frighten Latino children for many generations. There are many versions of the story, but each version ends with the same result. A young mother committing an unthinkable act resulting in the death of her children and ultimately her own suicide where she spends eternity searching for them. La Llorona's variations throughout 500 years of storytelling have intrigued many cultures. It could have started with ancient mythology when Hera discovered Zeus having an affair with Lamia, a beautiful queen. It is said Hera forced Lamia to eat her own children, and now she wanders around the earth snatching children and eating them as a horrible monster. The same scenario takes place with Jason the Argonaut and his lover Medea (Medea, furious about her husband's affair, decides to kill her children for revenge). Setting: La Llorona Conclusion: Most stories passed from generation to generation mention a beautiful young woman desired by many men who has been betrayed by her love (the father of her children) and in a fit of rage murders her children, which ultimately leads to her suicide. She is denied access into Heaven because of her unforgivable acts. Therefore, she haunts and takes revenge on unsuspecting children. Many Mexicans have stayed away from creek beds and rivers because of the story of La Llorona. They also contribute many children drowning and or missing with no explanation to La Llorona. Children are warned not to go out after dark or La LLorona will get them. Some say she is very barbaric and kills the kicking and screaming children by dragging them to their watery grave. The legend of La Llorona strikes fear in both mothers and children. It feeds into every mother's nightmare that the person that the child should most trust (a mother) is responsible for such atrocities. The thing they love most, their child. La Llorona/The Weeping Woman/The Wailing Woman We will now examine one of the many versions of La Llorona: According to the Texas State Historical Association, it is said a Spanish nobleman marries a beautiful lowly peasant girl named Maria. She bore him two children and they lived happily together. Their union was not blessed by the church nor recognized by his family. His family would not allow him to marry beneath his class and urged him to marry a more suitable woman. He promised Maria he would not desert her or the children and would visit them as often as he could. Maria feeling betrayed, drove her husband away where he would eventually marry another woman. As a result Maria became so insane that she killed her children then threw their corpses in a body of water and drowned herself. Upon entering the gates of Heaven Maria is denied admission after God questions her of her children's whereabouts. Ashamed she admitted she did not know. The Lord said, "Go and bring them here, you can not rest until they are found". She is said to wander along streams at night where you can hear her weeping and crying for her children. Resources:
http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/1x101
http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/07/la_llorona.html
http://www.sfgate.com/mexico/mexicomix/article/Mexico-s-legend-of-La-Llorona-continues-to-3933072.php Medea killing her children La Llorona
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