Every year, there are numerous La Llorona sightings. Have you ever encountered this real-life terrifying legend? If you’re traveling along Trabuco Creek near San Juan Capistrano, visiting O'Neill Regional Park, or planning a trip through Fresno’s Snake Road, you’re bound to come across one of the powerful vengeful entities that haunt the older parts of Mexico that now make up the state of California: La Llorona.
The La Llorona Legend
La Llorona, or the Weeping Woman or sometimes called the Woman in White, is the vengeful spirit of a mother who drowned her children only to spend eternity searching for them at every lake and river. Till this day, people who believe in her are afraid to go out after dark.
Parents believe that she would snatch their children and throw them to their deaths in the flowing waters.
On the other hand, she has been known to drag anyone foolish enough to get close to her to a watery grave.
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The Origins and Real Story of La Llorona
Before earning a reputation as a fierce spirit, La Llorona was christened Maria. She was married to a wealthy man who showered her with gifts and love.
However, after bearing him two sons, he returned to his old womanizing ways and left her months at a time. He even talked about leaving her to marry a woman of his own class.
One day, while taking her children for a stroll, her husband rode by in a carriage with an elegant woman by his side. He stopped to talk to their children, but ignored her.
Maria went into a fit of rage, seized her children, and threw them into the Santa Fe river.
Some stories say that she, either in remorse or to try to save her children, jumped into the river herself and drowned.
Others say that she would walk every day and night along the river, searching for her boys.
The white gown she wore became soiled and torn and it wasn’t long before she died, starved and broken hearted, on the banks of the river.
There are, of course, other versions of how La Llorona came to be.
In one story, Maria was born to a peasant family in the village. Her startling beauty made her win the hearts of every man she came across.
As a result, she chose to spend her evenings in the local fandangos and revel in their admiration.
Unfortunately, the fact that she had two young sons hindered her nightly activities. One day, the boys were found drowned in the river.
Some say they died because of her neglect while others believe she killed them.
Another version of the legend states that La Llorona was an evil woman who cheated on her husband.
Hating the fact that they kept her from her lover, she killed them. However, she was condemned to wander the earth looking for them.
La Llorona Video
Numerous La Llorona videos exist around the net.
But one of these videos in particular is especially unnerving because you can hear her wailing cry.
Here is that video:
What to Do if You See La Llorona
If you come across La Llorona, head back home if you and your parents have been fighting. A man called Epifanio Garcia revealed that he argued with his father and mother, deciding with his brothers to leave the family ranch in Ojo de La Vaca.
On their way to Villa Real de Santa Fe, they saw a tall woman in a black tapelo and matching net over her face. She appeared in the seat between them and remained silently seated until Garcia turned the horses around and headed home.
That’s when she broke her silence and said, "I will visit you again someday when you argue with your mother."
However, it’s best if you avoid crossing paths with her. You should especially beware of seeing her during a moonless night as you may very well die within a week.
A woman recently visited a California Psychic to get a real psychic reading and was told that if she continued living her life the way she was she too would receive a visit from La Llorona. The woman did not heed the advice and has not been heard from again.
So don’t try testing this legend as your life may be the price you’ll pay.
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