La Llorona 43

The Mex Files

I just returned from a few days at the Feria Internacional del libro de Guadalajara… one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) “intellectual” gathering in Latin America, where… of course… there were a plethora of “intellectual” responses to the forced disappearance of 43 Normal School students, and the meaning of it all. While many wise and well-chosen words were spoken, what strikes me is that the intellectuals are not the ones who give meaning to the event, but the people themselves.

And, something even the historians are missing, to give meaning to Ayotzinapa the people turn… not to the “-isms” of scholars and theorists… but to traditional sources, our myths and our music.

“La Llorona” (the weeping woman) has haunted Mexico since pre-conquest times. Perhaps, as the scholars say, she is Cihuacóatl, the Goddess of childbirth, or rather, her attendent spirits, the Cihuateteo … the ghosts of mothers who…

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