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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 Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  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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