The Mexican Urban Legend La Llorona is one of the most popular Mexican folktales.

During the end of the conquest of Mexico-Tenochtitlan by Hernan Cortes and his Spanish army was plagued by omens that Miguel Leon–Portilla enumerates in his book, “Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico”. 

Based on codices, ancient manuscripts, as well as from memories of the period, Portilla describes a woman who the natives called Cihuacoatl (the serpent woman), who wandered through the temples of the great ‘Mexica capital announcing a tragedy

“Aay mis hijos!

“O-h-h, my children, the time for our departure draws near. O-h-h-h, my children! Where shall I take you?”


However, it was during the colonial era when Mexico’s urban legend of the scary weeping woman was so widespread that it became part of  Mexico’s legends. There are many versions of the origin of this terrifying legend.  Here’s one of the most widespread versions of this urban legend.


Every night at eleven, when the curfew sounded in the capital of New Spain, the inhabitants would shut themselves in their houses of mud and stone. The streets were left deserted. It was then that the darkness and the silence were torn by the long and distressing wails of a woman. “Aay mis hijosOh, my children”, she sorrowly repeated, making even the most fearless person shudder.

Those who dared to look out from their windows managed to see the silhouette of a woman dressed in white, floating above the street’s stone pavement; she would stop at the city’s Main Square. Later, the ghostly figure would head in the direction of Texcoco Lake, where she’d disappear with the first rays of the dawn.

But, just who was this woman whose face could not be identified? Why did she cry so sorrowfully? According to the legend story, there was once a beautiful native woman who fell deeply in love with a Spanish gentleman. The Spaniard was also in love with her, but relations between a nobleman and an indigenous woman were met with disapproval. He kept their romance secret.  The couple had three children who were so loved by their mother.