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"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."

Mathilde Blind, April Rain

La Llorona: a childless (by choice) ghost

Hi everyone! I'm from Latin America and anyone who is from this area knows "La Llorona". She is a phantom dressed in the typical long white dress. If you live near a river or a stream of water you are very likely to have an encounter with her as she always moans "Ay mis hijos!" languished in suffering (at night of course). Many people claim they have heard her, more than the ones who have seen her. It depends on the country you are from the legend differs. In my country she killed her own children drowning them into the river. She could not handle being betrayed by her beloved Spanish lover, who married a rich woman instead. La Llorona was a native Indian woman; therefore, he (a wealthy man) always kept her a secret as well as his offspring. I think this is a very sad legend and may be true.

Do you know of any other legends from broken hearts or so?


  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 42,576 ✭✭✭✭
    @Mujer2017 there's a tragic tale of a Welsh goddess Branwen and her death from a broken heart.

    Branwen, known as a goddess of love and beauty from the mountain peak in the Berwyn range of Wales married the King of Ireland, but the marriage didn't bring peace between the Welsh and Irish. The Old Tribes of the British Isles saw her as king’s mother and embodiment of sovereignty.

    Branwen’s story starts when her brother, Bran the Blessed, the ancient King of Britain was sitting on a rock near the seaside watching the vessels of Matholwch, King of Ireland who was coming to Wales to ask for Branwen’s hand in marriage.

    When the wedding celebration started, Branwen’s half-brother Efnisien arrived to the feast and asked the purpose of the gathering. When he found out, he was extremely angry as he couldn't stand the idea of Branwen marrying the Irish King, so he mutilated Matholwch’s horses. The Irish ruler became offended, though was appeased by a gift from the host of the party – a magical cauldron which could bring the dead back to life.

    What Matholwch didn't know was that if he brought the dead back to life with the cauldron’s powers they would be mute. He first believed that he received the gift in kindness, but with time realized the cruelty behind the gift.

    When he finally took Branwen to Ireland, he treated her badly, as if in revenge for her brothers’ actions and the conflict between Wales and Ireland escalated when Branwen sent a message to Wales for help, asking to be rescued. This started a long and bloody war and Branwen also died from her insufferable grief.

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