7 Terrifying Latin American Legends


El Cucuy:

The Latino version of the bogeyman, El Cucuy has terrified children for generations. Used by padres across the world to dissuade their children from misbehaving, El Cucuy is a shapeshifting figure that hides in closets or under beds and torments -- and eats -- niños who don’t listen to their parents. 

La Llorona: 

Possibly the most famous Latin American legend of all time, La Llorona is a beautiful woman who brutally killed her children to be with the man she loved. When he rejects her, she kills herself. Now, the murderess is doomed to wander, weeping constantly, and vainly searching for her children for all eternity. According to legend, she’ll kidnap wandering children...so beware, and keep indoors after nightfall. 

Do you have any terrifying tales to share? Post them in the comments! 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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