The first time I heard of La LLorona was while reading Women Who Run With the Wolves (which every woman simply must read, and it wouldn't hurt men a bit at all). I was immediately captivated with this timeless tale that has shifted and evolved since it first surfaced in the 1500's.

La Llorona means simply "The Weeping Woman", and there are more versions of this story than I can possibly keep track of. The site, however, offers four newer ones I had never seen before. As in all folk tales that have not been watered down, it is a bit harsh to read (You won't see Disney grabbing this one), but the symbolism speaks loudly. I'll leave it to you to pick apart the meaning, but feel free to comment or write your thoughts to me.

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