A country full of Lloronas: La Llorona as a protest symbol against enforced disappearances in Mexico

Esquivel Suárez, Mariana (2021) A country full of Lloronas: La Llorona as a protest symbol against enforced disappearances in Mexico. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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La Llorona, or the Weeping Woman, is perhaps the most famous figure of Mexican supernatural folklore. This murderous mother turned into a restless spirit has traditionally been used as a cautionary tale for children; however, she has acquired a new meaning in present-day Mexico. The war against drug cartels that began in 2006 has resulted in an unprecedented wave of violence. The country is currently facing an epidemic of enforced disappearances with thousands of citizens who are detained by the authorities and are never seen again. Since the Mexican government has failed to address this crisis, activists are raising their voices to help bring justice and closure to the families of the victims. La Llorona has become a symbol of their struggle. This thesis explores how Mexican activists and artists transform La Llorona and turn her into an appealing symbol of protest against enforced disappearance, and how, in doing so, they challenge patriarchal values and colonialism.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/15174
Item ID: 15174
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 102-108).
Keywords: Folklore, Mexican folklore, legend, supernatural folklore, folklore and politics, violence, La Llorona
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Folklore
Date: March 2021
Date Type: Submission
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.48336/M0B2-2005
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Llorona (Legendary character); Folklore--Mexico; Disappeared persons--Mexico.

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