10 junio, 2024

The 32 most famous Mexican legends (short)

Enjoy this compilation of the most popular legends of Mexico

What are Mexican legends?

The mexican legends they are popular stories that are transmitted by word of mouth, without having a specific author. They recount natural or supernatural events that occurred in real times and places, giving the stories a certain credibility.

Among the best-known legends of Mexico are the weeping woman, the black charro, the vampire tree, the chupacabra, the corn people or the legend of the volcanoes. In this article you will learn many legends of this beautiful country.

To know the legends of a people is to know a large part of their culture, since in them the interests, folklore, values, customs, traditions or even the fears of the group of people who share them can be observed. In Mexico, this oral tradition comes from pre-Hispanic times.

The best known Mexican legends

the crybaby

It is the most popular Mexican legend. It tells of a mestizo woman who had 3 children with an important Spanish gentleman out of wedlock. After years of asking him to formalize her relationship, the woman learned that the gentleman had married a high-class Spanish lady.

As revenge, the mixed-race woman took her children to the river to drown them, and then took her own life out of guilt. Her soul would wander the streets of the city in pain for all eternity, crying out in repentance for having killed her children.

the street of the burned

During the Colony, a Spanish family arrived in New Spain. The couple’s daughter, a 20-year-old girl, immediately attracted all the rich men, who wanted to marry her. But it was an Italian marquis who was most determined to conquer her.

Every day she stood under her balcony, challenging any man who wanted her to a duel. Every morning the lifeless bodies of innocent men who dared to pass through her window appeared. Afraid of causing these deaths, the young woman decided to disfigure her face.

He brought his face close to a burning coal, disfiguring his face and marring his beauty. However, the marquis continued with her proposal, as he assured that he loved her from within.

Moved, the young woman accepted his marriage proposal, and spent the rest of her life hiding her face with a black veil. The street from her balcony was renamed in her honor: Calle de la Quemada.

the island of dolls

In Mexico City, in the Xochimilco canals, there is a place completely covered by thousands of dolls. Don Julián, the owner of the area, placed them all over the island to ward off the spirit of a girl who drowned among the lilies and stalked him at night.

Over time, the place attracted a large number of local visitors and tourists, who brought don Julián more dolls for protection. As Don Julián grew old, he used to say that a mermaid from the river had been visiting him for a long time to take him away. When this gentleman died of a heart attack, his body was found by the water.

the vampire tree

This legend is from the colonial era, specifically in 1880, in the city of Guadalajara. He says that lifeless and bloodless bodies began to appear in the streets.

After several days of searching, they found a man biting another person in the neck in the Pantheon of Bethlehem. It was concluded that he was a vampire.

When they caught him, an old healer lady appeared on the scene who explained that it was necessary to drive a stake from a camichín branch into his heart.

After killing him, the neighbors buried the vampire in the Pantheon of Bethlehem, where, disturbingly, a tree grew on the same tombstone. According to legend, if the tree is felled one day the vampire will return to avenge his death.

the ironing

A long time ago, Eulalia, a kind and patient nurse, worked at the Juárez hospital in Mexico City. Everyone recognized her for her good attitude, her care and her impeccable clothes and always well ironed.

In the hospital she fell in love with a doctor, whom she promised to marry. However, he never told her that he was already engaged to another woman. After her disappointment and sadness, Eulalia became ill, neglected her patients and finally died.

Legend has it that some patients have been cared for by the nurse, who now wanders the hospital like a lost soul, taking care of the sick in need.

the black charro

The legend of the black charro tells that at night, along the roads in the towns, a man dressed as a charro riding a black horse usually appears. If you are nice to him and allow him to walk you home, he will leave you alone and continue on his way.

Adela, a young woman who was walking alone, found the charro and his horse. She asked him to take her, but when she got on the horse it increased in size and caught fire. Then the charro revealed his identity: it was the devil.

The neighbors came out, but could not do anything and saw her burn before their eyes. She became the property of the devil, who took her while she burned.

ghost bus

One rainy night, a bus was traveling along the highway that goes from Toluca to Ixtapan de la Sal, a magical town located to the southwest of Mexico City.

The passengers were asleep and the driver was trying to maintain control given the large amount of rain and the wetness of the road. Upon reaching a curve, the bus’s brakes failed and it fell into a ravine, killing all the passengers.

It is said that a very old bus full of passengers who do not say a word and who are very well dressed usually circulate on this road. When the passengers he picks up arrive at their destination, the driver asks them to get off without looking back. QThose who ignore it and look back will see a bus full of the ghosts of those who perished there, and they will never be able to get off again.

The nun’s ghost

In the 16th century, there lived a young woman named María de Ávila, who fell in love with another young man named Arrutia, who only sought marriage with her because of her social status and wealth.

María had two brothers, named Alfonso and Daniel, who discovered the young man’s intentions and forbade him to associate with his sister. Arrutia paid no attention until Afonso and Daniel offered her a large amount of money to leave.

The young man accepted and Maria heard nothing more from him, which caused her a depression that lasted two years. Given this, her brothers made the decision to intern her in the old Convento de la Concepción, currently located on Belisario Domínguez street, in the historic center of Mexico City.

One day Maria couldn’t take the depression anymore and hanged herself on a tree in the convent patio. After her death, it is said that her ghost haunts the area’s gardens, and she appears in the reflection of the waters.

ghostly hospital

This legend tells that in an old hospital in Morelia tSeveral episodes full of pain and suffering took place. It is said that every night you can hear the screams of people who died or who lived through the development of a disease.

There is a specific case of a woman who received a kidney transplant. Unfortunately, her body rejected the organ, she lost her temper and threw herself out of one of the hospital windows. The legend says that it is possible to see it at night in the same window.

hairy hand

At the beginning of the 1900s, a man named Horta lived in Puebla, who he was very greedy and misbehaving. For this reason the inhabitants of the town did not wish him anything good and hoped that God would dry his hand.

Legend has it that when Mr. Horta died, his hand blackened and became very stiff, a surface of hair grew on the back, and the rings he wore ended up being incorporated into his skin.

Different people say they have seen a hairy hand coming out of Mr. Horta’s tomb, without being attached to any body, and moving around looking for someone to hurt.

the ring of dawn

Doña Alba was a wealthy woman, whose only regret was not having children. One night, when she was 80 years old, she dreamed very clearly about how she would die herself. After that, he entrusted the priest of his parish that, once he died, he would be in charge of distributing his inheritance among the people of the town.

The lady died, and while the burial was taking place, one of the two undertakers felt very attracted by a large ring that Alba was wearing.

Later the two gravediggers went to the cemetery and dug up Mrs. Alba. Upon reaching her they found that her hand was closed and her ring could not be removed. Without any scruples, they cut off the finger, took the ring, and left.

When they were about to leave the cemetery, they both heard a deafening scream. One of the gravediggers never returned, and the other was able to observe the terrifying image of Doña Alba pointing at him with the hand of the amputated finger.

The religious of the cathedral

This legend takes place in a convent in Durango, in the period in which the French intervention took place. It is said that a nun who lived there fell madly in love with a French soldier.

The nun always saw the soldier, but she never dared to speak to him. In this context, the Mexican army appeared, which carried out an ambush in the area and in which they captured the French soldier.

The woman saw from her window how the French soldier was shot, and it is said that this saddened her so much that she decided to end her life by throwing herself from a window. According to legend, in the bell tower of the convent you can see her silhouette as a nun.

The devil’s swing

This legend takes place in the municipality of Tecozautla, located in the state of Hidalgo and very close to the state of Querétaro. It is said that to reach the main road in the area it is necessary to go through a path where there are always strange and shocking noises.

On one occasion, two young men were walking along that road at night. Upon reaching some hills, they saw that among them there was a man rocking on a swing. youHe had a particular appearance: he was very white and thin, and every time he rocked he screamed in a terrifying way, although a smile was frozen on his face.

The youngsters were about to run away when they saw that a ghostly black figure appeared behind the man, hugged him and they both went up in flames. They were completely consumed, because under the swing nothing else remained the ashes.

The explanation given by the people of the town is that this man had sold his soul to the devil, who hoped to have witnesses to also take his body.

The curse of Juan Manuel de Solórzano

In the historic center of Mexico City there is a street called República de Uruguay, where there is a very old house from the time of the viceroyalty. Don Juan Manuel de Solórzano lived there, a wealthy man who loved his wife.

One day, don Juan found out that his wife was cheating on him with another man, who was also his nephew. This news made him feel very bad and, in the midst of his disgust, don Juan decided to sell his soul to the devil.

The devil’s request was for don Juan to come out…

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