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Nov 042009

I  got to thinking about a video I made and posted on youtube yesterday.  And I feel like a knucklehead for not sharing it here.  Today I have remedied that.

This is my telling of the legend of La Llorona the Mexican Legend of the wailing woman. I want to share it with you guys here!

I tell the story of La Llorona Man Vs. Art Style while I paint a picture of  her.


La LLorona. Doomed to wander near bodies of water lamenting her drowned children.

La LLorona. Doomed to wander near bodies of water lamenting her drowned children.

La Llorona,

The wailing woman is an ancient legend of my people. It is a cautionary tale handed down thru the ages mostly by spoken word and meant to scare kids to behave  and discourage young ladies from promiscuity.  It is a story of love, devotion, betrayal and murder.  You ‘ll be hard pressed to find a more sordid tale of tragedy and woe than that of this woman known as La Malinche, and later as La Llorona.

I first heard it from my great grandmother Mariquita Aguayo the summer of my seventh year and yet it  still  chills me to this very day.

La Malinche was the noble first-born child of the lord of Paynalaher on the Mexican Gulf Coast Coatzacoalcos, then a “frontier” region between the Aztec Empire to the north and to the  south  the Maya states of the Yucatán Peninsula.  She spoke both Mayan and Aztec  very well and  knew the  customs and and superstitions of them too.  Tragically as do most kingdoms that lie between  two great nations her people had suffered greatly  under the obsidian blade of both super powers for as long as she could remember.   In her twenties her father died and her mother remarried and bore a son.  Now an inconvenient stepchild, the girl was sold to Maya slave-traders.

In 1519 she was given to the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés who immediately  took a liking to this highly intelligent and victimized young girl.  A girl who later played an active, powerful, and decisive role in the Spanish conquest of Mexico.  She was instrumental to the destruction of The Aztecs and Mayans.  La Malinche  acted as interpreter, adviser,  and intermediary for Hernán Cortés.  She was also a mistress to Cortés and gave birth to his first son, who is considered one of the first Mestizos (people of mixed European and indigenous American ancestry).

Following the native traditions of the nobility she became totally devoted to her man Cortés and basically sold out the Indians to the Spaniards.
She explained Aztec and Mayan superstitions and beliefs to Cortés who used the information to gain the upper hand on the natives. Without her help Cortés and his gold greedy mercenaries would have been crushed. Instead Cortés  the Conquistador was revered as a god!

She  bore him more  children only to be abandoned so that Cortes could marry a Spanish lady. Here we can see in the legend La Llorona’s loss is a metaphor for the Spanish rape of Mexico and the demise of indigenous culture.

Now this where it gets weird. Apparently she went mad and somehow  thought she could win the affections of Cortés if the children were out of the way.  So she did the unthinkable. She drowned the children and then in a total freak out of remorse she  killed herself.

Tut tut! We all know she was not going to get off that easy, was she now? For having betrayed her children as well as the Mexican people, the Gods punished  and damned the hysterical woman to wander, searching for her children along rivers and lakes at night for all eternity.  In some cases, according to the tale, she will kidnap wandering children.

In Mexico today, La Malinche remains iconically potent. She is understood in various and often conflicting aspects, as the embodiment of treachery, the quintessential victim, or simply as symbolic mother of La Raza or aka the new Mexican people. She is often known by the pejorative term “La Chingada” (“the violated one”).

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  5 Responses to “One Dia late and one Peso Short. La LLorona an illustrated myth art story and narration by Raul Aguirre Jr.”

  1. Great narrated piece! Got chills at the end there when you listed her various names…. You’re the Tom Hatten of Mexican myths!!

    • Thanks! It was quite a bit of work researching it to make sure I got names right etc, but yeah! I got the chills saying the names! This means I totally connected with you on an emotional level! That’s exactly what I wanted! Yahooooo! mission accomplished! I may do more of these!.

  2. Awesome! She’s also folklore in my country but I didn’t know the history behind her, all I knew was that when I went camping with my family when I was younger, they told a La LLorana story and it scared the CRAP out of me.

    Now I know why people liked this so much on Youtube.

  3. Damn that was the s@#$$!!!! the music went so well with the story!and it was awesome how u drew the picture along with your story XD!!!! -eloy

    That was sooo awesome i almost @#!$$ my pants!!II had no idea that cortes was her lover…. hes an ass hole!!! great job and i hope you make some more -hector

    good job!!! nice picture and awesome story!!!!

  4. Thank you very much! Keep listening!

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