La Llorona in Modern Latina and Chicana LoreUnderstanding the legend and legacy of La Llorona, the weeping woman
One of the most pervasive yet least studied figures in Latin American culture is La Llorona, the weeping woman. Doomed to wander riverbanks searching for her children, she is both cursed and revered, especially in Mexico and the U.S. borderlands but also throughout Central and South America. The legend tells ...
La Llorona’s origins date to precolonial indigenous cultures. She is said to have been a celebrated goddess of fertility who was worshiped by the Aztecs. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived, however, they sought to suppress the native religions and turned La Llorona into a symbol of sin and punishment. Her legend has been passed down for generations and has taken on many variations over time, from a ghostly figure to a vengeful spirit preying on children who wander too close to the water’s edge. The figure appears in literature, film, music, and pop culture media.
Weeping Women: La Llorona in Modern Latina and Chicana Lore is an illustrated mixed-genre anthology that brings together poets, researchers, artists, and storytellers from diverse backgrounds to examine the figure’s literal and metaphorical influence. La Llorona continues to be a popular legend in Latin America, but one in need of greater study in order to fully understand her cultural influence and importance.