February 16, 2012

Woman in White

Women in White are seen all over the world, and often go by other names, White Lady, White Widows, and even La Llorona, Mexico's Weeping Woman. There are as many variations on how the lady died and what she wants as there are names for her.

A rare variation of the Woman in White is a beautiful woman who, due to insanity over being betrayed by a husband or lover, kills her children, most often through drowning. When she realizes what it is she has done, she kills herself out of grief and madness. Now, she prowls the world, seeking her lost children and punishing unfaithful men.

The more popular versions of White Ladies tells of brides killed on or shortly before their wedding days, but these ghosts are usually benevolent, the bride often simply seeking her groom, or wishing for a ride to her wedding.

Mexico's La Llorona tells of a woman killing her children by drowning them, in order to be with the man that she loved. He of course rejects her, and she kills herself. Challenged at the gates of heaven as to the whereabouts of her children, she is refused entry until she finds them. The woman is forced to wander the Earth for all eternity, searching in vain for her drowned offspring, with her constant weeping giving her the name "La Llorona".

All in all, Women in White are more saddening and heartbreaking than creepy, but still deserve a place here, I feel.

And as always, if any of you have tales or experiences of your own involving any of these beasties, please post said stories on the monsters' respective pages!!

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