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With the release of The Curse Of La Llorona hitting our screens very soon, may we draw your attention to the terrifying folklore tale that inspired this horror.

When the trailer for the film, which stars Linda Cardellini, hit our screens last year many were wondering what the inspiration was.

While so many others were screaming behind their screens, scribbling madly on social media as they told stories of hearing the tale as children.

The main cited legend originates from Mexico (which also angered many who wondered why Linda Cardellini was playing the lead character and not a Latin actor) and is based on the story of La Llorona, or, The Weeping Woman.



But what is the go with this fabled character that is about to scare us witless in the cinema?

According to legend (and there are said to be a few floating about the traps), the curse began after a woman named Maria fell in love with a wealthy man and had his two children (one of the most cited tales says it was two boys, others say three children – its said to vary from demographic to demographic).

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La Llorona looks suitably terrifying in the film (Picture: Warner Bros)

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She came from a poor village, but was known for her beauty – which is what grabbed the attention of this nobleman who was travelling through. Still, his family disapproved and the husband ended up moving into her poor village.

Soon Marias husband started travelling away for work, rarely returning and only giving attention to his sons when he did. One day, old mate wealthy husband returned to the village with a younger woman, and told his sons farewell – ignoring Maria. Which is a bold move.

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Shes coming for the kids (Picture: Warner Bros)

Most women would be enraged by this and you better ruddy bet Maria was, too.

She takes their two sons to the river in a murderous rage and drowns them as revenge for her husband leaving her for another woman.

Regretting the move, as you do, she returns to the river to find the boys washed away. She then throws herself in and her dead body is found on the bank some time later.



This is where the tale gets (more) grim though, as when she turns up to the pearly gates shes rejected from heaven until she can find her sons.

Thus she was doomed to roam the earth alone in search of her children, weeping as described and stuck between the land of the living and that of the dead, hoping to make it to the afterlife.

On Earth, La Llorona kidnaps children at night as she thinks theyre her own missing kids. But as she turns up to heaven with the sprogs in tow and faces rejection after rejection, she drowns the children all the same.

It is said that if you hear her crying, you are to run the opposite way as just by witnessing the sounds you could be cursed to misfortune or death. While, those who claim to have seen the figure of La Llorona say she appears late at night near bodies of water wearing a white gown and veil. Like a weeping bride.

In this way, it was used by parents in Latin America Read More – Source