The Legend Of La Lloronaby Ray John De Aragon
The folklore of Spanish America is full of exciting accounts of a wandering, shrieking, tormented spirit called La Llorona, the "Wailing Woman." Her eerie spine-chilling cry was said to be an omen of death. This is the first serious account of the frightening tale that has fascinated people for generations. Ray John de Aragón, an expert on Spanish folklore, traditions and myths, traveled throughout the villages and byways of New Mexico searching out the roots of this very popular Spanish phantom. What he found was that every person he listened to had a different version. They sometimes placed her in their own towns as having been a local girl who had lived, loved, and then died a tragic death. She then arose, according to hearsay, and now she searches throughout the countryside for the children she lost in a watery grave. Some villagers even took him to a nearby river or arroyo to show him where La Llorona and her children drowned, but they always cautioned, "Don't come here late at night because she will appear to you crying, and she will follow you as you try to get away." The author then took the threads of the stories he heard and has woven them in a full length study of this famous ghost. Noted folklorist Pedro Ribera Ortega called this book in a review, "The tragic mythic love/ghost story laid out to scare even the bravest of readers." Ray John de Aragón has a Masters in American Studies and has been a keynote speaker at public and historical conferences. He is the recipient of numerous awards and is the author of "Padre Martínez and Bishop Lamy," "The Penitentes of New Mexico," and "Recollections of the Life of the Priest Don Antonio Jose Martínez," all from Sunstone Press.
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Fantastic...excellent! This book is beyond my expectations. The story of La Llorona is a story I grew up with and this book took me back to my roots and was told even better than I remember. The cover is haunting and the illustrations are imprinted in my mind. I have read other versions, but know I finally understand the story of La Llorona. The other versions dwell on the murder and mix other modern day versions. I especially liked the accounts in the introduction. This is a book to share and ideal for research on the topic and campfire stories.
The source of my disappointment with De Aragón's "The Legend of la Llorona" is twofold; content and price. The first dozen pages include discussion of some interesting research and theory on the part of De Aragón into the origins of the la Llorona legend. The rest of the book is devoted to what is apparently an attempt by De Aragón to create a la Llorona story. The first dozen pages are certainly not worth the $16.95 price tag and neither is the book in its entirety. The pages are littered with drawings, many full or half page, which taken together occupy the equivalent of more than 2 dozen pages so we are left with less than 70 pages of text which is very poorly laid out and rather large font. I was left feeling like I had paid $16.95 for the equivalent of much less than a paperback. I plan to return this book.