La Llorona

Seshu Brahma, Ester Sim, Shawn Huang

El Resumen

Mi abuela les decía el mejor cuento de La Llorona. Había una mujer en Mexico que tiene hijos que morían de hambre. Porque ella no podía sopartar esto, los ahogó en un río y se ahogó, también. Desde entonces, su alma estuvo buscando por sus hijos. Ella cruzó el calle de nuestra casa, y encontró un terreno baldío. Mis padres nos decían que "si van allí, ella va a agarrarlos." En mi imaginación, el calle es el río donde la Llorona ahogó sus hijos. Me imaginaba que los hijos estaba flotando en el río y ella estaba tratando de alcanzarlos.

Summary

My grandmother used to tell us the tale of the Weeping Woman. The best story is the one that there used to be a women in Mexico whose children died of hunger. Because she couldn't bear that they were dead, she dumped them in a river and then drowned herself, too. Since then, her soul has been traveling the land, looking for her children. She crossed the street from our house and found a waste land with spiders, snakes, and who knows what other things. My parents told us "if you go there, she is going to get you." In my imagination, the street turned into the river where the Weeping Women drowned her kids. I used to imagine the kids floating down the river and that she was trying to get them.



Background Information

Carmen Lomas Garza, a Mexican artist from Texas, painted La Llorona. She grew up with discrimination and racism surrounding her life and painting was her outlet for this. Some say La Llorona slightly resembles a Greek tale about a demonic demigoddess who was forced to eat her own children because she had an affair with Zeus. Still others compare this tale to a legend of the Aztec goddess Cihuacoatl, weeping for her lost children, an omen of the fall of the Aztec Empire.

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