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A “Grimm” Version of La LLorona

Tune into NBC 4 at 9/8c and watch the Halloween episode of “Grimm” based on the legend of “La LLorona”. If you haven’t watched “Grimm”, it is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. After listening to several versions of the “La LLorona” tale, it will be interesting to see which they choose to tell. As indicated by the trailer, this Grimm episode stays true to the basic tale, a beautiful woman kills her three children by drowning them. She does so as a result of her husband leaving her for a younger woman and now she weeps.

Whatever twists the creators of “Grimm” make to the tale will remain to be seen by you, the viewer. What better time to become a fan than when able to watch a show based on a Latino legend?



About Ces’Ari Garcia Delmuro

Born and raised in southern California to Mexican-American parents, Ces'Ari pronounced Chez-ah-ree, has always had a passion for learning a little bit of everything while maintaining close cultural ties. She graduated the University of California, Irvine with campus wide and political science honors attached to her B.A. in Political Science. The honors titles came from completing a senior thesis on the shared infrastructure between the United States and Mexico. Rather than jumping straight into law school after graduation, she decided to first give back to a community that had similar demographics to her own and thus, joined Teach For America (TFA) and relocated to Arizona during the height of SB 1070 tensions. While in TFA, Ces'Ari earned her M. Ed. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Science from Arizona State University and completed research on HB 2281, the ethnic studies ban in Arizona. The injustices that the Latino community faces propels Ces'Ari toward furthering her education as a means of gaining a louder voice to speak on behalf of the Latino community. She is currently studying for the LSAT and plans on attending law school in fall 2013. You can find more of Ces'Ari's writing on her personal blog.

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  1. Daniel Ruiz says:

    Grimm is a really good show. If you guys are into monsters/occult fun stuff then also check out Supernatural on CW, it has monsters/gods/angels/demons and a lot of laughs.

  2. I always loved the weird Grimm brothers stories as a kid. I never realized how disturbing they are until I reached adulthood.

  3. I’m anxious to see how they portray her.

  4. It’s a great show and I can’t wait to see this tonight!

  5. I can’t wait to see it tonight!!! La llorona used to scare me out so much as a kid! Specially since it was always told at night when we were out visiting our relatives finca in Colombia…

  6. Awesome ! What channel is this on ??

  7. Grimm is such an awesome show. I always watch it on Hulu. I’m excited for their retelling of this childhood ghost story!

  8. (It’s on NBC.) This is THE one story that always freaked me out as a kid (holla to that other Colombian from above!). So I can’t wait for Grimm’s version (and for them all–incl. hottie Nick– to pronounce it in their non-Hispanic accents haha). Such a great well-done show. Thanks for the reminder BL!!

  9. Cool, gonna dvr it

  10. ElJefe says:

    La Llorna

    Although several variations exist, the basic story tells of a beautiful woman by the name of Maria stabbing her children then drowning them in order to be with the man that she loved. The man would not have her, which devastated her. She would not take no for an answer, so he slit her throat and threw her body into a lake in Mexico. Challenged at the gates of heaven as to the whereabouts of her children, she is not permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Maria is forced to wander the Earth for all eternity, searching in vain for her drowned offspring, with her constant weeping giving her the name “La Llorona”

    In some versions of this tale and legend, La Llorona will kidnap wandering children who resemble her missing children, or children who disobey their parents. People who claim to have seen her say she appears at night or in the late evenings from rivers or oceans in Mexico. Some believe that those who hear the wails of La Llorona are marked for death, similar to the Gaelic banshee legend. She is said to cry “Ay, mis hijos!” which translates to “Oh, my children!”

    Local Aztec folklore possibly influenced the legend; the goddess Cihuacoatl or Coatlicue was said to have appeared shortly prior to the invasion of Mexico by Hernán Cortés, weeping for her lost children, an omen of the fall of the Aztec empire.
    La Llorona is also sometimes identified with La Malinche, the Nahua woman who served as Cortés’ interpreter and who some say betrayed Mexico to the Spanish conquistadors. In one folk story of La Malinche, she becomes Cortés’ mistress and bore him a child, only to be abandoned so that he could marry a Spanish lady (although no evidence exists that La Malinche killed her children). Aztec pride drove La Malinche to acts of vengeance. In this context, the tale compares the Spanish invasion of Mexico and the demise of indigenous culture after the conquest with La Llorona’s loss.
    Adriana Lamar as “La Malinche” in the 1933 Mexican film La Llorona
    source Wikipedia


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