Legend Has It


Abraham Rivera, Staff Writer

Legends, myths and stories are passed on naturally through the generations.

In the Mexican culture, one of the most known legends is La Llorona or The Weeping Woman. This is a story that has been has been told for 100s of years.
The story goes, in a humble little village lived a beautiful girl named Maria. Maria being the most beautiful girl in the world, tricked a handsome Ranchero into marrying her and they had two children.
At first they seemed like a happy family, but then the Ranchero started paying more attention to their children instead of Maria. She became very angry with the Ranchero and felt the same way towards her children.

One evening, Maria and her children were strolling down a shady pathway near the river bank, the Ranchero came by carriage; an elegant lady sat next to him. He talked to his children and completely ignored Maria.

Filled with terrible rage, Maria seized her children. She threw them into the river and as they disappeared downstream, she realized what she had done. She tried to save them but they were long gone.
She died near the river bank, and they laid her to rest where she had fallen.

On the first night, the villagers heard crying down by the river. It was not the wind, it was La Llorona crying, “Where are my children?” They saw the woman walking up and down the river bank in a long white robe the way Maria was dressed for her burial.

Now children are warned not to go out when it is dark or La Llorona might snatch them and never return.
( www.literacynet.org )

Along the Atlantic coast and Great Lake region, of both the U.S.A and Canada, a legend of a half-beast creature which was started by the Algonquian people. The legend is about the “Wendigo” or “Windigo”.

A “Wendigo” describes a lonely man-beast who lives in the forest waiting to feast on human flesh. A “Windigo” is a cannibalistic spirit that possesses humans. Both concepts originate from Native American folklore that tie to cannibalism.

This creature lives in cold climates. Etho historian Nathan Carlson says, “The Wendigo is often described as a creature with owl-like eyes, large claws and an emaciated body, but others describe it as looking like a skeleton with ash-toned skin.”

The Algonquian tribe called the “Wendigo” the “Spirit of places”. They also blamed many reports, in the early 20th century, of “Windigo” spirits possessing humans in dozens of communities from Northern Quebec to the Rockies. (www.animalplanet.com )

An ancient account dating back to the 12th century, tells the tale of two children that appeared on the edge of a field in a village of Woolpit, England. The two children were a boy and a girl, who had green-hued skin and spoke an unknown language. When the children became sick, the boy died, but the girl recovered and over the coming years she learned English.

Later she relayed the story of their origins. She said they came from a place called St. Martin’s Land that existed in an atmosphere of permanent twilight and the people lived underground. This is the legend of The Green Children of Woolpit. ( www.ancient-origins.net )

These are just a few legends that have been passed down through the generations. That is why these legends are important, they help shape cultures and people.