The Latino Legend of La Llorona (Crying Woman) – Hispanic Mythology
What happens when you mix in a design the most powerful Latino female myth with the Mexican colonial typography of Jose Guadalupe Posada? Well, you have a classic winner t-shirt.
The tale of La Llorona (The Crying Woman or The Weeping Woman) is an old myth that goes through many centuries among Latino cultures. Every person in Latinoamerica, from Mexico to Argentina, swears to have seen or know someone about the fantasmagoric female apparition on crossroads, rivers or streets after midnight. My family and I are not the exception.
Although Wikipedia claims that the paranormal story of La Llorona is originated from Mexico, the truth is no one knows although she is commonly associated with a weeping Aztec goddess named Cihuacoalt from the city of Tenochtitlan. And La Llorona does exist. La Llorona has many popular interpretations. If you hear her weeping it means someone near you is about to die or she wants to collect the person’s soul for the Devil. Another interpretation is that this beautiful woman seduces men driving alone on the road. (The conceptual idea was my first award-winning commercial for Honda Motor Company). The apparition wears very sensual clothing, usually white transparent in color, and as she takes these men to abandoned houses, she kills them without compassion with a knife.
She also steals babies because it is part of her story that she killed her children in a frustrated romance and later killed herself. More details are found in Wikipedia and the most recent website movie, The Cry (2007).
And here is the new 2010 press release of Universal Studios Hollywood to introduce the character of La Llorona into the Halloween Horror Nights as the official announcement to the public.
“LA LLORONA”— THE BLOODTHIRSTY SPECTRE OF MEXICAN LEGEND, TO STALK HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS GUESTS ON THE UNIVERSAL BACKLOT AND WITHIN HER OWN “SCARE ZONE” AS UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD UNVEILS AN ALL-NEW HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS EXPERIENCE FOR 2010.
My design in high resolution vector format is in the Witches section should you want to support this amazing creepy tale. I’m sure if you wear the t-shirt people from Spanish-speaking countries will ask you if you have seen La Llorona too.
More great news for La Llorona fans! From my colonial Mexican foundry I’ve made the official La Llorona font. This commercial font is the one chosen by Six Flags Mountain Mexico for the Mansion of La Llorona’s touristic displays. You can check it out in the post Mexican Llorona Font – Old Colonial Typography For Halloween.
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