Tuesday, June 21, 2011

La Llorona


As a child, my grandmother would tell me Mexican folk tales which were terrifying.  I realize now that many of them were meant to teach a lesson, but as a kid, all that you remember at night are the witches, devils, and horse faced women.  Probably the most famous of all is the story of La Llorona, or Weeping Woman. You were told if you disobeyed or were out too late, that the Weeping Woman would kidnap you.  

There are a few variations to this story, but essentially it's about a beautiful woman who gets married and has children. Her husband goes on to leave her for another woman.  In a fit of anger, she drowns her children which she greatly regrets and kills herself.  Her wailing spirit is said to roam near water looking for her  children.  

9 comments:

ke said...

Oh, I once collected different versions of the story. It is a haunting legend and present in all of latin america. Here my painted version and some of the collected oral versions: http://papelitoclandestino.blogspot.com/2008/06/la-llorona.html
I made a link to yours on the comments.
Very impressive!

Tim Flanagan said...

This is so terribly frightening. Well beyond scary.

wastedpapiers said...

Ooer! This one will give me nightmares! Excellent!

Crafty Dogma said...

Fantastic work! I'm not familiar with Mexican folk tales but your collage does remind me of Japanese horror films featuring women with long, black hair.

cloudnectar said...

Amazing. This should be an illustration for a book version of "The Weeping Woman and Other Mexican Folk Tales" Love it!

Jelens said...

Oh!That´s really scary!!I don´t know this story but you´ve shown so creepy!

paperworker said...

Beautiful and unnerving, it's wonderful.

Jo Murray said...

This one I vote THE BEST. Really terrifying image, and great story.

scrapatorium said...

Thanks for the comments everyone!