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Always thought this was very interesting!!! LA LLORONA

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 1:07 AM
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 La Llorona

La Llorona

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Adriana Lamar as "La Malinche" in the 1933 Mexican film La Llorona

La Llorona is Spanish for "the weeping woman," and is a popular legend in Spanish-speaking cultures in the Americas, with many versions. The basic version is that La Llorona was a beautiful woman who killed her children to be with the man that she loved and was subsequently rejected by him. He might have been the children's father, and left their mother for another woman, or he might have been a man she loved, but who was uninterested in a relationship with a woman with children, and whom she thought she could win if the children were out of the way. She drowned the children then killed herself, and is doomed to wander, searching for her children, always weeping. In some cases, according to the tale, she will kidnap wandering children.

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[edit] Function of the story in society

Typically, the legend serves as a cautionary tale on several levels. Parents will warn their children that bad behavior will cause her to steal them[1] and being outside after dark will result in a visit from the spirit. The tale also warns teenage girls not to be enticed by status, wealth, material goods, or by men making declarations of love or any promises too good to be true. It also cautions them not to express their sexual desires.[1] Some also believe that those who hear the screams of La Llorona are marked for death, similar to the Gaelic banshee or ban sidhe legend. Additionally, the tale is a Mexican and Central American cultural symbol that models negative and despised femininity, where La Llorona is the archetypal evil woman condemned to eternally suffer and weep for violating her role as a wife and a mother. She is a failed woman because she has failed at motherhood. The tale serves to shape Mexican and Chicana women's conduct by prescribing an idealized version of motherhood.[2] La llorona is also known as La Andalona.

[edit] Comparisons to other folktales

Similar to the story of La Llorona is that of the Greek Medea, who likewise murdered her children after being abandoned by Jason, although Medea showed little remorse.

La llorona also bears a resemblance to the ancient Greek tale of the demonic demigodess Lamia who had an affair with Zeus. Hera, Zeus' wife, learned of the affair. Hera then forced Zeus to give up the relationship and punished Lamia by forcing her to eat own her children. Out of jealousy over the loss of her own children, Lamia preys upon human children and devours them if she catches them.[3][4][5]

Local Aztec folklore possibly influenced the legend; the goddess Cihuacoatl or Coatlicue was said to have appeared shortly prior to the invasion of Mexico by Hernán Cortés, weeping for her lost children, an omen of the fall of the Aztec empire.

La Llorona is also sometimes identified with La Malinche, the Native American woman who served as Cortés' interpreter and who some say betrayed Mexico to the Spanish conquistadors. In one folk story of La Malinche, she becomes Cortés' mistress and bore him a child, only to be abandoned so that he could marry a Spanish lady (though no evidence exists that La Malinche killed her children). Aztec pride drove La Malinche to acts of vengeance. In this context, the tale compares the Spanish invasion of Mexico and the demise of indigenous culture after the conquest with La Llorona's loss.

[edit] Comparisons to modern figures

Recently, convicted murderer Susan Smith, who drowned her two young sons after being rejected by a male suitor, was compared to La Llorona in a cartoon that appeared in Time magazine.[6] In the essay "The Woman Who Loved Water," in the Spring 2004 issue of Creative Nonfiction, Kathleen Alcalá compared murderer Andrea Yates to the La Llorona story and tradition.[7]

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VAMPLUVR3
by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 1:19 AM

 Anyone else?? I recently found out that this story is alot more popular than I had previously thought!

llmom1921
by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 1:25 AM

It makes me remember Diane Downs....  (I think that was her name)...   I read that book, and saw the movie about her.........  (One of Farrah Fawcett's finest works!!)

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cdgoldilocks
by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 1:33 AM

I have heard this story before. I used this story to keep my kids from whining and crying in the car. I told them La Llorona would come for them. LOL I know, I am horrible.

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VAMPLUVR3
by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 1:37 AM

LOL!!

Quoting cdgoldilocks:

I have heard this story before. I used this story to keep my kids from whining and crying in the car. I told them La Llorona would come for them. LOL I know, I am horrible.


VAMPLUVR3
by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 1:37 AM

I've never seen that! What was the name of the movie?

Quoting llmom1921:

It makes me remember Diane Downs....  (I think that was her name)...   I read that book, and saw the movie about her.........  (One of Farrah Fawcett's finest works!!)


llmom1921
by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 1:48 AM

Oh crap..... (I can't remember off the top of my head...)  I'm gonna have to go back and check........     Be  right back.. ...

Quoting VAMPLUVR3:

I've never seen that! What was the name of the movie?

Quoting llmom1921:

It makes me remember Diane Downs....  (I think that was her name)...   I read that book, and saw the movie about her.........  (One of Farrah Fawcett's finest works!!)



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VAMPLUVR3
by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 1:53 AM

Ok! Cool girl!!

Quoting llmom1921:

Oh crap..... (I can't remember off the top of my head...)  I'm gonna have to go back and check........     Be  right back.. ...

Quoting VAMPLUVR3:

I've never seen that! What was the name of the movie?

Quoting llmom1921:

It makes me remember Diane Downs....  (I think that was her name)...   I read that book, and saw the movie about her.........  (One of Farrah Fawcett's finest works!!)




SAMNMAYASMOM
by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 1:54 AM

bump for later...

EmmysMom85
by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 2:03 AM

It's interesting.. I wouldn't say I love a story about a woman who kills her children for a man but I find it interesting.

How would you pronounce the name?

llmom1921
by on Jul. 25, 2009 at 2:06 AM

It was called "Small Sacrifices".  Anne Rule wrote the book, and Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neil were in the movie.  It happened in Oregon....  So for us in Washington, it was big news back then.

Quoting VAMPLUVR3:

Ok! Cool girl!!

Quoting llmom1921:

Oh crap..... (I can't remember off the top of my head...)  I'm gonna have to go back and check........     Be  right back.. ...

Quoting VAMPLUVR3:

I've never seen that! What was the name of the movie?

Quoting llmom1921:

It makes me remember Diane Downs....  (I think that was her name)...   I read that book, and saw the movie about her.........  (One of Farrah Fawcett's finest works!!)





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