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Okay I live in small Colorado town and like every town this has it's own urban legends. So i want to know what urban legends anybody else has for their town. Here is one of my urban legends I have heard all the time growing up here in my community.

 

 

1.La Llorona- La Llorona is the legend of a woman who has lost her children, and

who can be heard, and sometimes seen, weeping in the night. La

Llorona (the name means "She who weeps" in Spanish) is in most stories

said to be Mexican, although sometimes she is a woman who lived in the

American Southwest. As with most urban legends, there are many

variations of La Llorona, but the central plot remains intact: The

woman has lost her children, usually because she herself has killed

them because she wants to marry a man who doesn't want any children.

She is so anguished over the depressing circumstances that she kills

herself as well, and is thus doomed forever to roam her native land,

weeping and wringing her hands. Sometimes she is said to be searching

for her children, and sometimes she is said to appear only as a

warning to those who see her.

Here is a typical version of the La Llorona legend by Proserpina

(proserp@duckmail.uoregon.edu):

"Sightings abound throughout the Southwest. Supposedly she drowned

her children in the acequia (irrigation ditch,) and now she roams the

ditches looking for her, or any, children. Usually the story is told

with the intentions of keeping kiddies away from the ditches, so they

won't drown."

-The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits- by Rosemary Guiley tells a

more traditional Mexican version, which occurs in Mexico City around

1550. According to legend, an indian princess fell in love with a

Mexican nobleman. The nobleman promised to marry her, but betrayed

her and married someone else instead. The ultimate result of this

bit o' treachery is that the princess murdered her children in a fit

of rage, with a knife given to her by the nobleman. Afterwards, she

wandered the streets crying for her children, and was eventually

hanged for her sins. Since then her ghost has been searching for her

children.

Another interesting feature of the La Llorona legend is that it

appears to have merged with the Vanishing Hitchhiker legend (see

below). La Llorona is reported by some to hitch a ride on a road

near to the place where she drowned her children

Many people swear to seeing her in our many valleys and arroyos, and just as many have heard a women crying in the night.

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Okay I live in small Colorado town and like every town this has it's own urban legends. So i want to know what urban legends anybody else has for their town. Here is one of my urban legends I have heard all the time growing up here in my community.

 

 

1.La Llorona- La Llorona is the legend of a woman who has lost her children, and

who can be heard, and sometimes seen, weeping in the night. La

Llorona (the name means "She who weeps" in Spanish) is in most stories

said to be Mexican, although sometimes she is a woman who lived in the

American Southwest. As with most urban legends, there are many

variations of La Llorona, but the central plot remains intact: The

woman has lost her children, usually because she herself has killed

them because she wants to marry a man who doesn't want any children.

She is so anguished over the depressing circumstances that she kills

herself as well, and is thus doomed forever to roam her native land,

weeping and wringing her hands. Sometimes she is said to be searching

for her children, and sometimes she is said to appear only as a

warning to those who see her.

Here is a typical version of the La Llorona legend by Proserpina

(proserp@duckmail.uoregon.edu):

"Sightings abound throughout the Southwest. Supposedly she drowned

her children in the acequia (irrigation ditch,) and now she roams the

ditches looking for her, or any, children. Usually the story is told

with the intentions of keeping kiddies away from the ditches, so they

won't drown."

-The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits- by Rosemary Guiley tells a

more traditional Mexican version, which occurs in Mexico City around

1550. According to legend, an indian princess fell in love with a

Mexican nobleman. The nobleman promised to marry her, but betrayed

her and married someone else instead. The ultimate result of this

bit o' treachery is that the princess murdered her children in a fit

of rage, with a knife given to her by the nobleman. Afterwards, she

wandered the streets crying for her children, and was eventually

hanged for her sins. Since then her ghost has been searching for her

children.

Another interesting feature of the La Llorona legend is that it

appears to have merged with the Vanishing Hitchhiker legend (see

below). La Llorona is reported by some to hitch a ride on a road

near to the place where she drowned her children

Many people swear to seeing her in our many valleys and arroyos, and just as many have heard a women crying in the night.

 

oh great... now I have ghost on my mind... thanks for making me lose sleep.

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