La Llorona  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

La Llorona is Spanish for "the weeping woman," and is a popular legend in Spanish-speaking cultures in the Americas, with many versions. The basic version is that La Llorona was a beautiful woman who kills her children after having loved a man and having been rejected by him. He might be the children's father, and has left their mother for another woman, or he might be a man she loves, but who is uninterested in a relationship with a woman with children, and who she thinks she can win if the children are out of the way. She drowns the children, then later kills herself and is doomed to wander, searching for her children, always weeping. In some cases, according to the tale, she will kidnap children who are wandering.

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