The Origins Of La Llorona: The Weeping Woman
By Sarah Norman | October 30, 2023
The Legend Of La Llorna
La Llorona, the Weeping Woman, is a ghostly figure whose tale stretches across time and continents, leaving a trail of fear and fascination in her wake. She embodies the very essence of the unknown, weaving a narrative that intertwines love, betrayal, despair, and the restless souls of the afterlife. But what makes her legend so enduring, so spine-chilling, is not merely her spectral presence, but the enduring power of a mother's grief.
As we embark on this visual journey through the history of La Llorona, you'll witness the evolution of this eerie legend, from its ancient roots to its contemporary manifestations. Be prepared for tales of midnight cries, watery graves, and encounters that will make the hairs on your neck stand on end.
A dark-haired woman in a long white gown haunts rivers and lakes, searching for her drowned children. No one, especially children, dare go near her for fear she will drag them into the water and drown them. Her name is La Llorona and she is a well-known figure in Mexican folklore.
While the exact origin of the legend is unknown, many believe it dates back more than four centuries. The figure of La Llorona is thought to be one of the goddesses worshipped by the Aztecs. The goddess Cihuacōātl, which means “Snake Woman,” was said to dress in white and walk around at night crying. She was also considered to be an evil omen. La Llorona has also been connected to the Aztec goddess Chalchiuhtlicue, meaning “the Jade-skirted one,” who was the goddess of the waters and had a reputation for drowning people. The Aztecs gained favor with Chalchiuhtlicue by sacrificing children to her.