La Llorona

I have always been familiar with La Llorona. I vaguely recall my Abuelita telling me a spooky story about the woman who wails for her children, and that no child was safe from her deathly search unless they were well behaved and stayed inside after dark. If you are unfamiliar with the story of La Llorona, check this Here.

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Photo retrieved from http://huaracheturbo.com/event_lallorona_run

Years later, I found myself studying abroad in the quaint village of San Pedro, La Laguna, Guatemala. I was living with a host family, and it just so happened that their oldest daughter was working on an assignment for school on myths and legends. I asked her about it, and sure enough, La Llorona was one of the myths she was writing about. I remember her saying that it was a silly assignment. But when I asked her if she believed in the story of the wailing woman, she shook her head, and smiled, telling me she doesn’t really like to think too much about it. She eventually admitted that it did scare her, but that she doesn’t really believe in such things.

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Stormy Clouds over San Pedro, La Laguna, Guatemala, 2012

Isn’t it fascinating that I grew up knowing of the same urban legend from my mexican grandmother, as this young girl who has spend her whole life in Guatemala? Mind you, the countries are not far apart, but they are still two separate cultures, with completely different societal development. How did that legend spread so smoothly across Central America and over so many years?

I don’t blame her for being shy on the subject, but I find it interesting how so many people don’t want to openly admit their belief in something strange, or supernatural. But in today’s world, look how lucrative horror films are. Look how much money we throw at run down buildings during halloween to get a real “haunted house” experience. If so many people did not believe in such ideologies, why would they get so frightened? How can you be scared of something that you don’t believe in? Maybe it’s just still taboo to speak of things that are unexplainable. Could it be that we are still fearful of being persecuted for a belief system unlike our neighbors?

Not just for Anthropologists

For those of you who might not know what an anthropologist is or the study of anthropology, you should click here What is Anthropology?. First and foremost, I am an Anthropologist, amongst other things. In this blog however, I wish to bring attention to some interesting aspects behind the science. In the words of Nancy Banks Smith,

“Anthropology is the science which tells us that people are the same the whole world over – except when they are different.” 

What fascinates me about human nature is that it defies many ideologies. How is it that we can be spread to the ends of the earth but still have similar innate fears? Superstitions? In virtually every culture you will find some sort of paranormal entity or a belief in an otherworldly force. Even subjects regarding the zodiac, have dated back to ancient folklore. This blog is meant to unveil some of the paranormal glue that holds us all together as one. This blog is enacted to share knowledge, literature, art, facts, and all things spooky. Mainly, this is for pure entertainment for all of those who are also paranormal fanatics. If you have any interest in folklore, urban legends, or superstitions, look no further! You’ve come to the right place.