two myths: “la llorona” y “la mona”
April 2, 2011 § 3 Comments
last weekend, while visiting another volunteer in the guanacaste region of costa rica, i learned about two costa rican myths. the first is called “la llorona,” or “the crying woman.” as the story goes, a mother drowns her children in a river in order to be with the man she loves. that relationship fails and she soon regrets murdering her children. and so, probably as punishment, she wanders the land, crying for her lost children, trying every now and then to kidnap bad children.
“la mona” is a magical creature that looks like a small monkey with wings. it is essentially a witch that takes the form of a beautiful woman and visits the homes of unfaithful men, probably to f*ck sh*t up. all you have to do is to say the following: “maria, maria, que venga manana por un poquito de sal.” you’ll know it worked if a beautiful woman knocks on your door the following morning asking for salt. unfaithful men everywhere, beware.