Residence: Orange County, California
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/5/16
Primary Language: English
The informant heard the legend of the mythological creature, La LLorona (“She who cries”) was heard when she was a child in Guatemala.
EO: La Llorona. I guess she–I don’t know if she was poor or tired of her kids… so she took her kids to a lake and drowned them. And then afterwards, she felt really bad, so she killed herself. And now she just goes through all eternity crying for her kids. And she screams like “Mis ninos! Mis ninos!”.
Is she supposed to be scary?
EO: I would say so. If I hear La Llorona, I would probably cry.
Where’d you hear that one from?
EO: Um, my mom. I don’t think I heard it from anyone else. My mom.
Why do you think she’d tell it to you?
EO: In Latin America, um, they tell stories to scare children into behaving.
La Llorona is a famous legend in all Latin America, and is one of many used by parents to teach their children about the dangers of the world.