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36. La Llorona (Mexican Folklore)

36. La Llorona (Mexican Folklore)

In today's episode, we discuss La Llorona, a spirit from Mexican folklore. We discuss the prevalence of female ghosts wearing white across world folklore, the varied interpretations of folktales, and the merits of modern retellings.

Sources:

Wikipedia - Cihuacōātl

Wikipedia - La Llorona

La Llorona - Weeping Woman of the Southwest

La Llorona - A Mexican Folk Story

Hungry Woman, a Mexican Medea - Relevant Aztec Mythology

Absolving La Llorona: Y.H. Addis’s “The Wailing Woman” by Rene H. Treviño

La Malinche and la Llorona as Chicana Archetypes: History, Symbolism, and Influence on Chicana/o Culture and Literature

Women Hollering: Contemporary Chicana Reinscriptions of La Llorona Mythography by Barbara Simerka

“La Llorona” and Related Themes by Bacil F. Kirtley

 

Transcript

header image: "Retold Story of La Llorona #4 (Shunned by her Pueblo)" (2000) by Sonya Fe