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The Legend of LaLlorona(pronounced "lah yoh roh nah") "The Wailing or weeping Woman"
First of all I have say that there are many different versions of the story of La Llorona. Here I will present the legend as I have heard it.
There once lived in Mexico a beautiful but poor girl named Maria that fell in love with a wealthy, upper class Spanish man. They didn’t marry but she had two children by him. After the children were born, the Spanish nobleman started to wander, lost his love for Maria, but still paid attention to the children. One day Maria heard that he was going to marry someone of his own upper class. Maria became enraged. She irrationally only thought of how the man had wronged her and how she could take revenge out on him. Blinded by her jealousy and love for the man, she took her two children that were fathered by him to the river. Still blinded by rage she drowned both of her children and let their bodies float away. As soon as the act was done she came to her senses and realized the truth of what she had done but it was too late. She lost her mind and became insane. She cried and called out to her children but it was already too late. As her last act, she drowned herself in the same river. This is where the story becomes supernatural.
Her own death didn’t stop her from searching the riverbanks. Totally out of her mind with grief, she still wanders along rivers, lakes and streams looking for her children. Now though she is know as La Llorona (the weeping woman). When people see her apparition, she’s still crying for her lost children and you can hear her say…"Mis niños...donde están mis niños?" (my children where are my children?). She has been seen many timesthroughout the American southwest and Northern Mexico. It is said that variations of her appearance have been witnessed as far north as Montana, Chicago, New York and as far flung as South America and the Philippines. While doing some research on La Llorona I learned that that she is fairly well known in Puerto Rico and a report of her sighting was recently made there. The most common fear of La Llorona is that if you see her, she will try to lure you to her and then drown you as she did her own children years ago.
Read more about La Llorona at the following sites:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Llorona
In Search of La Llorona Clues(Written by Wanda and Pete)
A desperately needed waterhole in the high desert along the PCT about 4 days walk north of the Mexican border if backpacking, or a near drive-by for those equipped with wheels.
When Chuck from CT first told us he had a box we
could plant for him on our recent trip to CA, we were quite excited to find
out it was "La Llorona", the one who weeps, as Wanda remembered singing a
hauntingly "picante" song about that "Crying Woman" many years ago while
studying at Cemanahuac in Cuernavaca, Mexico. We'll leave it to Chuck to
tell the story behind the song and the box on his webpage. Meanwhile, we
thought it would be appropriate to put this box out in the high desert of
Southern California, just west of Anza-Borrego State Park, at one of the
very infrequent springs that Wanda had to depend on while backpacking the
Pacific Crest Trail three times through from Mexico to Canada in the 1980s