BY Xánath Caraza – SmithsonianMag.com – Photo Not Credited.
Photo: Smithsonian Latino Center avatar representation of La Llorona.
La Llorona is one of our most beloved, deeply-rooted, and terrifying legends among Latinos in the US and beyond. Who, as a child, hasn’t asked for a bedtime story because we weren’t able to sleep? Then the telling of the legend of La Llorona gripped us. We weren’t really able to sleep after that, after hearing about her, being enthralled with the story and, at the same time, being terrified of her.