La Llorona/Maternal Infanticide

November 25, 2020 Kristina Downs Season 1 Episode 4
La Llorona/Maternal Infanticide
Show Notes

In perhaps our darkest topic yet, this week we take on the topic of maternal infanticide. We talk about the legend of La Llorona, some of La Llorona's exploits, and some real cases of mothers who drown their children.

We have to give a shout out to Mariana Esquivel, whose unpublished research shed light on some of La Llorona's contemporary representations.


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