5 Apr

Mexican Urban Tales

The Grandparents Stories that made Mexicans go to bed early at night


Dead returning from beyond, ghosts, evil apparitions, unexplained punishment and supernatural events, dead who raised, and many souls’ gruesome facts give rise to Mexican Urban Tales. Legends had its peak during the colonial era, however, they have transcended. Generation by generation, we have freaked out hearing these stories from our grandparents to get us into bed early at night.  In more recent times, legends of Mexican terror have become famous around the world. If you haven’t heard of them, this is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the Mexican spooky folklore.


El Chupacabras


“Take care of your flock, never leave their side.

Watch your blood, for the Chupacabra is hungry.”

–    Opening quote, Grimm, episode 8th, season 4th


Although this story began in Central America, it’s widely known as a Mexican urban legend. In fact, it’s a very new tale but one of the most famous. The Chupacabra is a “vampiric monster”, people say that its appearance is like a kangaroo, others say it’s a kind of a wild dog; imagine Stich from Lilo and Stich but bigger and without the cuteness.

The Chupacabra appears at night looking for goats to feast on their blood. Thank god, you’re not a goat. But don’t worry humans, there are vampires for you.

The Chupacabra now is a symbol of pop culture in Mexico, sometimes we laugh about it but some other times people take the story very seriously. There are even some scientific studies to reveal the thruth behind this creature.


La Leyenda del Charro Negro


“You will suffer for this. Now, deal with my rider.”

–    Mephistopheles, Gosth Rider, 2007


Travelers watch out! The Black Charro will take you to hell!

If you are traveling along in the deep of night through rural Mexican towns, you must be careful, he could come for you. A sound will announce him, you will hear a horse galloping coming from the darkness and then without you noticing it, he will be beside you. A tall man dressed in a very elegant Charro suit riding his black horse will make company until you arrive at your destiny or the sun comes out. He will talk to you all over the road but if you are tired, stay strong! He will invite you up on his horse and if you accept you will disappear from this world. But if he offers you a sack full of money, don’t accept it! You’re selling your soul!



But, who is The Black Charro?

Legend has it that the Black Charro before becoming a spectrum was once an ambitious man who made a deal with the devil for money and a luxurious life. Years later, when the devil came back to take his soul. Although the Charro tried to escape riding his horse, the devil reaches him and condemn him to ride for all the eternity.  Now, the Black Charro is a wandering horse rider searching for somebody to replace his place in hell and collector of those who have outstanding debts with the devil.


La Llorona


They say that I don’t mourn, Llorona

Because they don’t see me cry.

There are dead that do not make noise, Llorona,

And their pain is much greater!

–    The Weeping Woman, Mexican Folk Song


It is one of the most famous urban tales in Mexico. For Mexicans, bedtime stories are not about fairy tales. Bedtime stories are about a woman crying in the night looking for her children. Some people say that when you start to hear the crying, at the beginning it’s really strong however as much as she is getting close to you the volume would be turning down. The lower you hear the crying, the closest she is.

There are many versions of the origins of this legend, the most famous states in Central Mexico near to the Texcoco Lake around the sixteenth century. Tale has it that once there was a beautiful indigenous woman who fell in love with a Spanish gentleman. They kept their affair in secret because society wouldn’t accept it.Soon, they had children and after some years she wanted to formalize their relationship, the Spanish man denied her petition and left her alone. After some time, he got married to a Spanish woman as rich as him, the indigenous woman got devasted it by the betrayal of her lover. In a fit of rage, she took her children to the Texcoco Lake and there, she sank them to drown. Realizing what she had done, she ended her own blaming herself for the acts she had committed.

Nowadays, those who have heard the lament of pain say that she claims: Oh my children, Oh my children! Be careful, maybe La Llorona confuse you with their children!



If you want to know more about mexican folklore stories, nothing better than be near them. A trip around Central Mexico would let you experience all the mexican traditions by fisrt hand.  If you are afraid of La Llorona, don’t go alone. Invite your friends!



Edited by Thelma Osorio


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