La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) – Who Is She?

Dear Sara,

Who is La Llorona?

Yours Truly,
Samantha K.

Dear Samantha,

La Llorona is the Mexican/South American variant on the Greek Medea story, about a woman who kills her children. Medea killed her children out of vengeance against her husband, but La Llorona (the term means “the weeping woman) stabs then drowns her offspring in order to be accepted by a new lover. When he rejects her and she continues to pursue him, he kills her and throws her body into a lake. At the gates of Heaven, she is asked about the whereabouts of her children. Unable to produce them, La Llorona is forced to haunt the Earth, forever seeking them. She is believed to kidnap children who are outside on their own and/or who disobey their parents.

-Sara Bellum

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Sara Bellum
The name's Sara Bellum, and I'm the editor-at-large here at BuzzyMag - the hostess with the mostess, if you will. I like to think that my first calling is fighting crime and delivering a heaping dose of sweet, sweet justice to all manner of thugs, miscreants, hoodlums, ruffians, and ne'er-do-wells, but unfortunately, violent vigilantism doesn't exactly pay big bucks these days.  

Times are tough, my friends, and I've got bills to pay, so I decided to put my encyclopedic knowledge of all things sci-fi & fantasy-related to use to help me land a day job. To tell you the truth, it's kind of a nice change of pace. My manicures have been lasting a bit longer lately.