A weeping spectre suddenly appears at night when the full moon is glowing.  With long raven hair and porcelain skin, this ghost looks too beautiful to be scary, but looks can be deceiving.  Near a body of water, the weeping spectre roams, and she wears a white gown that is slowly blown by the wind.  You can hear her wails, for she is eternally mourning for her children that she drowned.  Beware if you have seen the weeping spectre, for most people who see her face death or simply disappear.

Most commonly known as “La Llorona” or “The Wailer,” the weeping spectre is Mexico’s most famous ghost, and her ghost story is still popular today.  There are several versions of La Llorona’s tale of horror.
In one version, the Llorona is named Xochitl.  She is a gorgeous lady who marries an affluent Spanish ranchero, and she has two children.  When she discovers that her husband has a paramour, she develops a fit of rage so strong that she drowns her kids in a river.  After her unspeakable act, Xochitl drowns herself.

Xochitl is portrayed differently in another version of this horror story.  Instead of being her husband, the Spanish conquistador is her paramour, and she bears his illegitimate children.  When Xochitl’s lover comes back to take her children away, she drowns them, so he cannot raise them with his new wife.

No matter what version of the ghost story is told, the tale of the Llorona still describes one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, the murder of one’s own children.  The story the of La Llorona instills fear in children as well as adults.  In the Southwestern US, the ghost story of La Llorona scares children into good behavior, so that they do not wander far away from their homes.

Since La Lorona ghost story is popular in Central and South America, it is a tale that also defines Hispanic Heritage Month.  After all, every culture has their own unique ghost stories or legends that are passed from one generation to the next.

In addition to being a take about Hispanic myth, the Llorona is so scary that it is also a popular Halloween ghost story.  If you want to celebrate both Halloween and Hispanic Heritage Month, one of the best films to see is Jok’el.

Filmed in Mexico, Jok’el is a unique adaptation of La Llorona.  It is interesting to note that Jok’el means “weeping woman” in the Tzotzil language.  The plot of Jok’el centers around a young American man who travels to a small town, located in Chiapas, Mexico, to find his abducted half-sister.  As he tries to make amends with his estranged mom, for his sister’s welfare, he discovers who the true Jok’el really is.  The ending of the Jok’el is certainly a surprising one, very much like the spirit of La Llorona who makes her ghostly appearance when you least expect it.