Urban Legends

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Every country has their own legends or stories that are passed down through the generations. Here are some that were passed through generation in Mexico.

 

“La Llorona” or the “Crying Woman” fell head over heels for a man who made a deal with her, him or her children. She chose the man and drowned her children in a river hoping to finally be with the man that she loved. After he rejected  the woman she killed herself. The whereabouts of the man are unknown. La Llorona cannot go into the afterlife until she has found her children. She can be heard in the evening, crying out for her children.

“La Lechuza” is about a woman who sold herself to the devil in order to become more powerful. She can appear as an owl or as a human being. Most people believe that she shows up with an owl head and a body of an elderly woman. La Lechuza waits outside of the victims house, crying until they come out.

 

“El Cocuy” is like the Boogeyman. He targets children who disrespect  their parents. Unlike the Boogeyman, parents use it to put the fear of God in their children. Legend has it that he wanted to find a cure for tuberculosis. So he was told to drink the blood of children, and he began kidnapping the children from their homes.  Parents sing a lullaby describing the Cocuy.

Duérmete niño (Sleep my baby)

Duérmete ya (Sleep, baby, do!)

Que viene el cuco (The Bogeyman’s coming)

Y te llevará (and he’ll take you)

Duérmete niño (Sleep my baby)

Duérmete ya (Sleep, baby, do!)

Que viene el cuco (The Bogeyman’s coming)

  Y te comerá (and he’ll eat you)

 

In Monterrey, Mexico there is a strange building known as the “House of Tubes.” It was built by a wealthy family for their paralyzed daughter. The design was meant to allow her to move around the house better. She was playing around the house and fell off the top floor of the house, killing herself in the accident. The parents wanted to at least finish the house but three of the workers had died while working on the job. The parents then decided to abandon the house. The little girl wanders around the house, protecting it, and anybody who enters will be pushed to their death. Some even see her waving at them from the house.

 

El Raton Perez is a rat who had collected teeth from children. Like a tooth fairy, El Raton only collects teeth when they are lost by children and placed under their pillow. He places a gift under the pillow, but it isn’t always money that the kids will find in their house. Some Argentinian kids switch it up and place their teeth in a glass of water. They believe that he is thirsty from all of the traveling, so he drinks the water and then takes the teeth from the bottom of the glass, leaving his gift in the empty glass.

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