Forewarning: I often make bad jokes and puns.
AKA: The Wailing Woman, The Wailer
Origin: Latin America
La Llorona is one of the most known horror tales from Latin America, as well as being told in Spain. There are so many different variations told, but the main points are:
Once there lived a beautiful woman, a very vain one who only wanted the most handsomest of men. She married the handsomest she could find, but something happened to him (dies or leaves her) and she is left with two children. Desperate to marry again, she finds a man more handsome than the last and woos him. He falls for her but will not marry here because she has children. Annoyed by this, she takes her children and drowns them in the river (or lake) killing them. Turns out, that the man still doesn’t want to marry her, grief-stricken because she just murdered her children for nothing, she takes her own life. Some say that her husband paid more attention to the children than her and in jealousy murders them.
This damns her soul, prohibiting her from entering Heaven or Hell, forever in search of her children, not knowing that they aren’t on the Earth anymore. She cries and yells out any variation of the pharse “Mis hijos! Mis hijos! Donde estan mis hijos?” (My children! My children! Where are my children?).
What’s so weird about her?
Personally, I love the way this story has survived the ages. From stories dating all the way back to Aztec times to today’s “Lady in White” (a story similar to this one, mainly told in the United States). As well as mixing a historical figure, La Malinche (fun fact I wanted to include her much more in this, but I would have gone off topic) into this.
And it’s based off a fear. How can a mother kill her own children? Beings that she carried and raised, just to drown them and dump them like trash. It happens too, this is the truth behind this horror story. Women and men alike kill their own flesh and blood, for dumb reasons. Records of women especially, in the United States you pay enough attention and you’ll find police reports of women killing their children for a man, or because they wanted insurance money.
And the fact that this story, that was made to make kids fall in line and not go out after dark, has happened in excessive numbers, is far more scarier than any wailing ghost that comes after it.
What if I see her?
First, you will hear cries of agony in the dead of night. Next, you’ll see a woman wearing a white dress, with her long black hair and hands covering her face. She’ll be crying and asking for her kids. Then, you’ll notice her feet don’t touch the ground. After that, you’ll scream, swear, or run away. But if you’re paralyzed with fear, just start calling out “In the Name of Jesus…” or recite some prayers and her demonic-like spirit will be forced to leave.
Or you can show her a copy of those horrible made-to DVD movies about her