Meet 10 short legends that are a vital part of Mexican culture, as they are stories that have passed from mouth to mouth, for generations since the times when the indigenous peoples of Mexico were at their peak.
the short stories are an important part of the vast universe that are the original cultures of Mexico. Actually, we don’t know everything about indigenous cultures Mexican, but what we do know about their customs, traditions, cosmogonies, philosophies, policies, etc; It is thanks to the legends that transcended history and to this day, reach our ears thanks to oral tradition.
Why are legends important?
In Mexico, one of the things that was not lost with the extermination known as the conquest of MexicoThey were the legends. Thanks to the huge collection of stories that are known from those times, we can know; at least one aspect, of what was the thought of indigenous societies.
But What do we learn from legends? Usually the legends serve to explain a puzzling situation, natural phenomena and a long list of situations in life of these cultures, which found a solution in the gods and their whims, some entity that intervened in the earthly world or another type of explanation.
It is worth mentioning that it is likely that the legends that we know of ancient Mexico have a verifiable counterpart, such as a scientific explanation of the movement of the stars or the description of the effects of consuming some substance, but it may be that this type of knowledge is in fact, the one that the settlers specifically set out to wipe out.
The evolution of short legends in Mexico
With the arrival of the Spanish, the era of New Spain began; the strongest time for the cultural shock that arose in Mexico and the birth of new legends, as well as the modification of those that already existed.
The short legends began to have Spanish, indigenous, mestizo and people of different origins protagonists that they ran into certain situations, had interaction with some interesting character or committed some great deed/misdeed.
With the passage of time, the advance of civilization and the history that developed in the country, short legends began to expand not only in territory, but in the topics they touched. To date, there are hundreds of legends throughout Mexico and it is likely that every corner of the country has at least 1 legend.
This time we bring a total of 10 short legends of terror, from the time of New Spain, pre-Hispanic Mexico and some of more current times.
1. The Witches of Naica
This city in the northern state of chihuahua It not only has the imposing crystal caves that have so fascinated the scientific community; they are also home to dozens of legends about powerful witches.
According to popular wisdom and some short stories, those devoted to magic come out of the mines in the form of balls of fire between ten and twelve at night. It is said that those suspected of worshiping the devil take young girls to turn them into demon-possessed spirits.
2. The Easter
chihuahua is once again the scene of very curious stories. One of the best-known stories in the country narrates the short legend of a mannequin that exists in the window of the “La Popular” wedding dress shop.
This figure, which has been in the premises since 1930, has the peculiarity of being creepily real. The wax statue has fingernails, fingerprints, blonde hair, and a disturbingly lifelike look.
exist various short legends of the origin of Pascualitabut one of the most popular claims that it is the embalmed body of the daughter of the original owner of the store. The young woman died on her wedding day after being stung by a scorpion.. Her mother could not bear the loss of her and she decided to preserve her beauty forever. There are those who claim that the mannequin movesgo for a walk down the street or even turn off the lights in your store.
3. The Mulatta from Cordoba
This short legend dates from the time of the Inquisitiona beautiful mulatto woman was admired for her paranormal gifts.
Out of jealousy, many Veracruz women spread the rumor that the young woman practiced witchcraft due to his African heritage. The authorities of the Holy Office were pressured by a powerful man who was spiteful, because the Mulata had disdained him. They accused her of giving the man a potion to make him lose his mind and took her to the dungeons of San Juan of uluain the port of Veracruzthere she was sentenced to burn to death.
Every day, the Mulata drew a ship on the walls of her prison. She captured it in such detail that the jailers admired his artwork. One night a guard came over to see how he was drawing. The Mulata asked him what his boat needed, to which the gendarme replied “Go”. The woman gave him a devilish smile and jumped at the drawing that began to move along the walls of the prison until it was lost in the shadows.
4. The ghost of Cerro del Lobo
It is believed that this place located in the ecological reserve of the Ecological Park of Santa Apolonia of Pachuca, Hidalgo, is the place where a woman dressed in white walks on full moon nights. Her appearance does not harm the women who find her, but she seduces the men she meets and then throws them from the rocks of the hill.
5. The Tisigua
All the towns have short captions that warn young people from bad company. Such is the case of The Tisigua, a woman with the ability to steal the lives of unsuspecting boys. Is Chiapas short legend narrates how this apparition in the form of a beautiful young woman stuns the men who remain bathing for long hours on the banks of the river sabinal. The specter applauds and calls the unlucky ones by name. The men who see her are left without voice, without reason and without spirit; always hoping to see again the ghostly beauty of Tisigua.
6. The vampire of the Belén Pantheon
According to this short legend of JaliscoMany years ago Guadalajara was hit by a strange plague that caused the death of animals and men after sunset. Rumor had it that the city was ravaged by a vampireso the city authorities gathered to hunt down the creature.
A man assured them that to catch the undead, the city had to starve him to force him out of hiding. Soon there was not a citizen who ventured out of his house unprotected. Two weeks later, the vampire hunters spotted a strange-looking man who was soon killed. They buried his ashes in the Belén Pantheon and a cursed tree began to grow from the tomb which is enclosed with a blessed fence so that the creature can never escape. To this day, the cemetery authorities make sure to prune the tree so that it does not grow beyond the blessed limits.
7. The Ahuizote
It is a colonial short legend what counts how Hernan Cortes wrote to Spain about an Aztec animala kind of water dog that instead of a tail, had a powerful claw which he used to drown the conquerors. The creature lured the unsuspecting to the shores of lakes by imitating the cries of a child. When the men approach to help the supposed little one, the Ahuizote catches them and drags them to the bottom of the waters.
8. The Black Charro
a mysterious man dressed in a black charro suit roam the surrounding villages Mexico Cityriding a huge jet-black horse.
The short legend says that this specter is the Devil’s ambassador. When the Black Charro shows up, he tries to seduce the women he comes across. If the lady proves to be virtuous, the ghost of her lets her go. If, on the contrary, the seized allows the advances of the evil being and she mounts the ghostly horse, Charro Negro takes her riding to Hell.
9. The Nahual
In places like Juchitan, oaxacaThere is short legend of a paranormal being that roams the streets at night looking for a prey. It’s about a Nahual, a sorcerer who has the ability to transform into all kinds of animals.
It is said that it spies on women who have just given birth so that, once sunset has come, they attack their children, leaving them with bruises.
According to legends, this creature requires a special book to turn into different beings at the stroke of midnight. The powers were obtained by making a pact with the dark forces with the intention of committing misdeeds.
10. La Llorona
is the country’s most famous short-legend creature. It is about a woman who crosses Mexico City (and other regions) at night screaming at the top of her lungs, Oh my children!
The short legend of La Llorona has its origins in the time of the Cologne. It is said that an indigenous woman had a forbidden relationship with a great Spanish lord with whom she had three beautiful children. The gentleman was a good father for a time, but he soon began looking for a woman of the same condition as him to marry. One day he became engaged to a high-society Spanish lady and despised his indigenous companion. The woman, devastated by the betrayal, went mad and took her three beloved children to the shores of Lake Texcoco where he drowned them. The guilt for such an act was such that the indigenous took her own life. Since then she is condemned to wander the streets lamenting the fate of her little ones and some say, the pain of the Conquest.
However, there is a indigenous legend which says that during the days when the Spaniards were guests in Tenochtitlán, a female figure appeared in one of the bodies of water that was inside the magnificent Mexica city and exclaimed:
Oh my children! My poor children! Where will I take them?
Although the apparition lasted only a few minutes, for the indigenous, it was his mother goddess; Coatlicue, who appeared suffering for the fate of Mexico. Another interpretation of this legend says that she was the real weeper, the original apparition from which the short legend originated.