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Legend of La LLorona
Accent your home with a custom La Llorona art pillow designed by Denise Alvarado and make yourself the envy of the neighborhood. Made from high-quality Simplex knit fabric, these 100% polyester pillows are soft and wrinkle-free. The heavyweight stretch material provides beautiful color definition for the design while also being the perfect complement to your sacred space!
- Dimensions: 16" x 16" (square)
- Simplex knit fabric; 100% polyester; wrinkle-free
- Hidden zipper enclosure; synthetic-filled insert included
- Machine washable
- Made with custom fabric in the USA
Size: Throw Pillow 16" x 16"
La Llorona (“Weeping Woman”) is a popular Hispanic icon. The ghostly woman wanders along waterways and rivers crying for the children she murdered in a fit of uncontrollable rage. According to the folk tale, she murdered her children to avenge the man she loved and is destined to roam the earth searching for them for all eternity.
Typically, La Llorona is a peasant woman known as María. By all accounts, everyone was in awe of her beauty. She fell in love with a Spanish man—a man of means and status—and together they had two or three children (depending on the version of the tale). The nobleman, though he loved María, was not allowed to marry her because his parents would not have him marry beneath his class. Nonetheless, they spent time together as a family and for all intents and purposes they were very happy. Alas, the man’s parents, who knew nothing of María, continued to pressure him to marry a “suitable” woman and have children. He finally gave in to their demands and told María that he had to marry another woman, but that he wouldn’t forget her. She was devastated by the news, became extremely angry and drove him away.
On the day of his wedding to another woman, María attended, dressed with a veil covering her face so she could go unrecognized. Once the nuptials were exchanged, she left the church enraged, took her children to a nearby lake and drowned them. She then drowned herself. When her spirit went before God requesting admission to Heaven, the Lord asked her where her children were. She was so ashamed that she lied and stated she didn’t know. He told her to go and retrieve her children and then she would be admitted to Heaven. Otherwise, she would never rest. She was unable to locate her children of course, and so she roams the waters and cries out for them: "Ay, mis hijos!" which means "Oh, my children!" In a more sinister version of this tale and legend, La Llorona will kidnap wandering children who disobey their parents or who resemble her missing children. People who claim to have seen her say she appears at night or in the late evenings along rivers or oceans in México. Some believe that those who hear the wails of La Llorona are marked for death, similar to the Gaelic banshee legend.
As with most legends, there is a moral to the story. Parents will use the tale of La Llorona to coerce their children into behaving for fear of being abducted by her. Young women are encourage to not be fooled by the status and wealth of men and to be wary of those who make declarations of love and lavish promises.
* Article excerpted from the Day of the Dead Handbook by Denise Alvarado.