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La Llorona (“The Weeping Woman”) is a widespread legend in Mexico, the US southwest, Puerto Rico and Central and South America.

Although several variations exist, the basic story tells of a beautiful woman by the name of Maria who drowns her children in order to be with the man that she loved. The man would not have her, which devastated her. She would not take no for an answer, so she drowned herself in a lake in Mexico. Challenged at the gates of heaven as to the whereabouts of her children, she is not permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Maria is forced to wander the Earth for all eternity, searching in vain for her drowned offspring, with her constant weeping giving her the name “La Llorona”.She is trapped in between the living world and the spirit world.

In some versions of this tale and legend, La Llorona will kidnap wandering children who resemble her missing children, or children who disobey their parents. People who claim to have seen her say she appears at night or in the late evenings from rivers or oceans in Mexico. Some believe that those who hear the wails of La Llorona are marked for death, similar to the Gaelic banshee legend. She is said to cry “Ay, mis hijos!” which translates to “Oh, my children!”
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xXAngellessXx Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
she's like the Mexican version of 'puntianak' 
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saank Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
HI!I would like to use your pictures to illustrate an interactive digital book, nonprofit, to low-income children in Mexico. The intention is to bring them to reading through the book-album format (little quality text and images)
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ToxIkuzuHunter Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry but La llorona is from Guatemala and México, dont forget Guatemala please ._.
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Ale-259 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
In fact La Llorona appears in most Latin American countries. Even appears in my country Venezuela.
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robertnumber1 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Awesome picture!:)
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MagnaCartaXVI Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I remember my grandma would always scare me telling me La Llorona would appear outside the car when mom would drive us around Isabela at night. XD
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BombOPAUL Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
BRUTAL!!!
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Hrakkar Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
This story is the same in Argentina with the same name
great work
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Sarthou Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Photographer
They actually did an episode of Grimm where they featured La Llarona. It was actually a great episode and I like this picture. I like how you did the dress especially, making it appear ruined along the bottom hem.
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LittleBlueOwls Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Have you been watching Supernatural?
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balfasra Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
the following story was told to me by my friends, i don't know if it's a prank or if they drank too much: they were near the beach, and in the middle of the night, they decided to take a walk in the shore, there, they saw a veiled woman dressed in white. what freaked them out was the way she walked: it was like she was on roller or something, she didn't "move" left to right like you do when you walk, she was "sliding". and when they tried to illuminate her with the flashlight, the light didn't hit her, she remained in the darkness, even though the flash light was working, it did illuminate the sand.
one of my friend yelled : "are you the one or the other one?" "eres aquella o la otra?, he says that's what you have to say when you meet la llorona, don't know if it's true, but anyway, even if she was a human, she didn't replied, and just walk away.
my friends came back to the house, freaked out. they don't know what the fuck that was, but they swear it did happen.
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Llanto-negro Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Excellent work to illustrate that famous legend from here, Mexico, yes, that is a story very mentioned, we have a lot versions but all have in common the cry "aaaay mis hijos" and than she was an indian woman. THANKS FOR THIS, greetings from Mexico :D
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MomoISMaiMonkeh Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
gahh my mom tells me this story all the time and says that if im bad Llorona will kidnap me ( we live next to a river..just great...)
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Yuriko-Goly Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Digital Artist
I totally love this tale , I´m from South America and it´s a well known story.
I was totally suprised you made a drawing of her O:! It´s awesome! I love your work by the way :)!

It is also said that if you hear her loud it´s actually far away , but if you hear her whisper she is really close to you . And that you can only see her if you put dog tears in you eyes, but it´s so creeppy that you would go insane by only seing her.
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animechan21 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
My aunt told me when she was living in Panama she would hear someone shouting and crying "Mis hijos! Qué pasó con mis hijos?!" somewhere in the street below (they lived in an apartment) and how my great aunt and grandma screamed "Es la llorona! No se acerque a las ventanas' and rushed to close the windows and lock the doors.
Afterwords they told my aunt and my mom to stay as far away from them and they all prayed together.
She told me this when I was in middle school and immediately became fascinated with the legend. My mom confirmed her story just recently like about a month or two ago. Then they went on to say it happen three or two time.
So it make me a little giddy to see this drawing! :)
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zulin333 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
hahahaha yeah thats right
im from Mexico and if you dont know this story you are not from mexico jo jo jo
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lizgotmad Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
This reminded me of "Monica La Condenada" Scary inneed
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Daiacos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
My grandparents would tell me this story when I didn't want to sleep after lunch, haha.
Here they also say that the white doves would warn children before she arrived so they would get off the street and to their homes.
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yinyangdreamer Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i alway loved the La Llorona legend! great job!
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BurningResurrection Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
there's actually a Batwoman villain based of this legend
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MarcoHalfBodt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Artist
I hope her Children comes back..... I suddenly feel her sadness.... And the fact that she's scary and i want her gone... But yeah...
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xelanesque Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Why does this remind me of Madea/Medea from the Greek legends?
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Lilimuth Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The variation I've heard says she drowned her children to get back at her cheating husband. And by the time she realized what she did, she drowned herself desperate to get them back, so she steals other children and she drowns them.
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filledwithmusic Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I remember being at my friends house and her mom telling her younger brothers that if they didn't stop crying that they would get kidnapped by La Llorona. I was thinking about it yesterday, because I forgot what ehr name was, so coming across this was really cool. The picture resembles her, kudos to that. :)
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dinosaurcow Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
ooh, she's just like the woman in white!
it's such a sad story, and scary too >.<

you drew this very well though (:
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NevermoreEvermore Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Me and my best friend did a project on her in October because we both grew up with this story and we used to be told that if we weren't in bed at a around 10 o'clock she would come for us. We got a 100% on the project!!!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Neat
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Malesx Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
very nice and scary but i love it so much :);)
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Klieo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was on the Halloween episode of Grimm just a few months ago :D
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queenyaszeli Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
my english teacher told us that one day he was heard her at night . He was really scared, he lives near a river.
Other legend says LA LLORONA (CHOKANI) is the soul of women who died in childbirth
Thank you very much . I love so much my country and MEXICA legends ( NOT AZTEC, AND is PRONOUNCED AS MESHIKA). I love so much your art y MUCHAS GRACIAS POR LA CHOKANI
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ZeacorZeppelin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Creepy
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VonKniffel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
First thought when I saw this was Cynthia from Silent Hill 4...
Interesting story though.
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fateavernicus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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there was a story about that from the gracy manor of 999 souls. or the disny haunted mason.

the depiction is she is searching for her son. she dosent know who's dead already. well there a 3 interpretaions none the wiser nor less better that the other.

if fact. the bad ending and interpretaion are more than the good.

oh 2 variation one from the phil and the new orleans or england take your pick.

from the phil the woman died searching a way to go back to her family side.

during storms she would knock and say "im in the door open and let me in..."

if you ignor it wait for her to say "is anyone home and she would disapear to the next house" this is automatic even if you dint hear her in the door.

if you did open ... hmm~ it wasnt explaind but nothing bad happened just a very wet house the next day shees think of the repairs.

the disney and new orleans with the swamp say story diffirent derivative in the swamp she befell an accident and now wondering searching for her bind son.

sad thing is she denied heaven because she wasnt with her son.

in this version it was her fieal devotion that made this. oh the phil version has a callous(both good and bad) interpretaion.
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Iszy-chan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I only know about her because of the episode about her in Grimm.
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Klieo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
same same xD
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theprotectorjerdana Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
which episode, I wanna read
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Iszy-chan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Umm... the most recent... episode 9 of series 2 :)
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fateavernicus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow seriously season ep 9 has her tale.
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Iszy-chan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
That's what I said :L
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fateavernicus Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sorry i dint really keep up with grim.
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Iszy-chan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
It's fine :D
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GhostGlider Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's also a Colombian myth! We added the extra creepy bit in that, realizing the kidnapped children are not hers, she drowns them as well. I think I did a drawing of her once...
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Ichuuu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student
Whoa, so terribleee~~ *-*
but your work is amazing ^^
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walter13 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
cool I'm from Mexico and "La llorona" is one of our most famous legends here, in the hole country you can hear about this spirit in diferent ways and yeah I have always tought that she is similar to banshees. I'm totally amazed that you choosed this one for "L"
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MrBoxerBriefs Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
this legend is so creepy ene
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EMOPIGU101 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
oh we have something similar in the Philippines O.O 'The White Lady'. She tends to appear on long stretches of winding roads surrounded by forests when it's pitch black. There tends to be no lights on these kinds of roads. Drivers often careen out of control and crash to their death from seeing her.
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fateavernicus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the ballete drive legends still kicking. ^_^ but its not the white lady.

we have something specificaly the same as this its in the phil wiki of alamats.

^_^ yo fellow pinoy.
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EMOPIGU101 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
oh hai dere fellow pinoy :D
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OAGM Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
While more near is heard her lament, more away is her it.
And while more farther is heard, more closer is her it.
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eternalobserver Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Okay, now that's just scary! I don't care what anyone says, but ghosts are definitely scarier than zombies! Well, to me at least! Still a good pic though. Nice work!
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