Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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5: Ghost Sites In Mexico

        Mexico is a country where folklore gets around a lot for some reason. You'll hear legends about wraiths, stories about demons, and so on, and of course, people want proof, so you grab some spooky abandoned place. Here's a bunch of places I read about while writing my book.
5: Casa Aramberri, Monterrey

        The Aramberri House is in Monterrey's Barrio Antiguo, near downtown. One day, as Mr. Aramberri was going to work, his wife and daughter were killed by three men who were looking for a chest filled with silver coins. These men tortured the wife and daughter in the dining room. When the police came, the pet parrot could tell the names of the murderers to the police, an example by screaming "No me mates, Gabriel!", which means "Don't kill me, Gabriel!", its owner's last words. Much has happened in the house afterwards, like the wailing of the wife and daughter, feeling their prescence or even seeing them. The couple's room has the portrait of the wife, completely disfigured. There's a tension in the house, felt until you get out, followed by a smell of sulfur.

4: Museo de Las Momias, Guanajuato

        The owners of a cemetery charged people rent to bury their loved ones. And keep them there. Those who couldn't or wouldn't pay would be dug up and put on the exposition. The soil and humidity let these people become mummified. There are babies, pregnant women, and many others. They had to close off a portion of the museum because the mummies were played with, given cigars and wigs. There have been cries of babies, and a "tall lady".

3: La Calle del Truco, Guanajuato

        Once again, in Guanajuato, people who live around the street say that they see the shadow of a man,
one named Don Ernesto. He stops in front of a door and knocks three times. A shriek is then heard. He walks in. It's the Game House, where the richest men in the city go to gamble, where the men play big. It was a bad day for Mr. Ernesto, as he lost four of his most valuable properties. He'd never been so nervous. His rival told him that he had one object of value left, and that he could bet it for his fortune. He accepts. So the game goes, and in the end, he loses. He felt horrible, he had the worst feeling he could ever have. He'd bet his wife. The man's rival was Lucifer. That's why the place is called Trick Street.

2: Veracruz, Yucatán, Tabasco

         Here, a type of spirit known as the "Chaneque" appears from the forests who lures children to the forest. Once a group of men started a hunt for them, and one claimed he had them cornered, and when he was going to catch them, one shot a beam to his truck and burned it down. These are actually mesoamerican mythological gods, said to measure one meter of height, others say they're gnomes, others say they're kids.

1: La Llorona, Most of Mexico

This is the least scary image I could find.

        Ah, La Llorona. The most infamous of Mexican legends. She's known in many other countries as well, and many have their own versions. You're not Mexican if you don't recognize her wail: "Ay, mis hijos!" Most people say that she's in Mexico City, so that's going to be our setting. She's supposedly the Malinche, the interpreter of Hernan Cortez, who she was kind of in a romance with. Here, three children were born. When she wanted to marry Cortez, he rejected her, and married a high-status Spanish dame. She was devastated, and drowned her three children in a river. Then, being desolate, commited suicide. It's said that God rejected her from Paradise and told her to look for her children, then go back. So she comes back, searching. At eleven o'clock, nobody is to go out, or else she's going to appear. She's heard around in the Plaza Mayor, also known as the Zocalo. Those who looked out the window saw a woman in white, skinny, who disappeared in lake Texcoco. In Chile, she's known as the Pucullén, and is said to cry for those who have lost a family member, so they can be comforted, and guides the dead to the afterlife.

        So, that's all I got for now. If you're liking what I'm writing about, then follow the blog, so you can get updated on what I'm writing. Good luck sleeping tonight!