#2 La Llorona The Apparition of A Weeping Woman

She appears at night near rivers and lakes, eerily weeping for the return of her dead children. It’s said that for those who hear or see her, it’s too late. You’re in for some bad luck … or worse.

Just about any Las Vegan can tell you the tale of La Llorona, the “Weeping Woman”. A sad and haunting character in the rich legend and lore of Hispanic America.

Although many variations have evolved as the story passes from generation to generation, the basic storyline goes something like this:

In a fit of despair and vengeance, a woman drowns her children in the river upon learning that her husband has left her for another. Realizing what she has done, she drowns herself.

Because of her horrible crime, she is not allowed to pass into the afterlife and instead is doomed to wander the earth in search of her children for all eternity. Neither dead nor alive, she is trapped in an endless, lonely nightmare, crying out for the return of her kids, “¡Ay, mis hijos! “ (“Oh, my children!”). Thus her name.

Some versions get even scarier, claiming that La Llorona forever looks for wanderers who resemble her kids, that they might be drowned in exchange for the return of her little ones. Gulp.

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