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In Hispanic American folklore, La Llonora "The Weeping Woman" or "The Wailer") is a ghost who roams waterfront areas mourning her drowned children. In a typical version of the legend, a beautiful woman named Maria marries a rich ranchero with whom she has two children. One day, Maria sees her husband with another woman and in a fit of rage she drowns their children in a river, which she immediately regrets. Unable to save them and consumed by guilt, she drowns herself as well, but is unable to enter the afterlife without her children. In another version of the story, her children are illegitimate, and she drowns them so that their father can not take them away to be raised by his wife. Recurring themes in variations on the La Llorona myth include white dresses, nocturnal wailing, and an association with water.

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