While eagerly waiting for James Wan’s next novel horror flick ‘The Curse Of The Weeping Woman’, we decided to dig a little deeper and find out the folklore on which the movie is based. The movie is slated to hit the screens in a couple of month, but till then, lets dig into the story of La Llorona, ingrained in the Mexican folklores, and the inspiration behind the movie which would spook you in next 2 months!
The weeping woman is inspired Mexican legend popular in and around Mexico and some parts of US.
First Version Of The Legend
There are many versions of this legend but according to a Mexico website, the most popular version states that
“An indigenous woman falls in love with a Spaniard, and they have three children but keep their relationship under wraps. Some time later, the Spaniard marries a wealthy woman. The indigenous woman gets so angry she kills her three children, and then immediately regrets it and throws herself in the river. Ever since, her spirit has been wandering nearby crying out painfully, “Aaaaaaaay, my children!”
In Mexico, La Llorona isn’t just another weeping ghost, she is a child kidnapping monster.
Parents often tell this to their children to keep them from straying at night in order to stop them from getting them into any trouble.
As per Ranker, they say that if a child is caught by the ghost she’ll ask them for forgiveness and then drown them in the closest body of water.
Arizona Version Of The Legend
There are other versions of the story too. In the Arizona version of La Llorona goes, a woman named Launa lived in Kingman Canyon with her husband and two children. But the trouble started when she felt that her husband was paying too much attention to their daughters and grew increasingly jealous until she pushed them over the edge of the canyon.
After their children’s death, her husband left her and she went on to throw herself off the edge of the canyon. Ever since then she was damned to wander the canyon.