Versions of the origin of this woman are very
varied, from before the Spanish arrived it
was said that was the goddess Cihuacóatl,
who appeared smartly dressed and
shouting at night . Her dress was white and
the hair was in a manner that appeared to
have horns on his forehead.
Others claimed it was Doña Marina, la
Malinche who, was sorry for betraying
her race, returned to lament.
Whatever its origin, today I will tell you a
true story, something happened to my
grandfather, for 40 or 50 years ago in
the town of Santiago Acatlán in Puebla.
Many years ago, my grandfather stayed
all night in the church because he was
the one who rang the bells every hour
At that timed, the people retired to their homes
at ringing the curfew given by the church bells.
At midnight, and especially when the moon was
full, the people woke up to hear in the street
some sad and languid moans thrown to the wind
by a women.
However, to my grandfather was happening
some peculiar things, after going to ring
the bells of the 12 at night, for some
strange reason he stayed asleep.
The first night, he woke up outside the
church without remembering what had
happened and why he was there.
The incident occurred very frequently, and
each day he woke up more and more away
from the church. My grandfather believed
that he could be a joke from a friend or
But one day ... he woke up from his deep sleep ...
and he realized he was sitting on the edge of a
well, ready to fall over the precipice. And far
away he saw a woman dressed in pure white
clothing and covered his face with a veil , she
advanced with slow steps through the streets.
At that time all he could do is get away from the well
without making a sound.
But his curiosity was even greater than their fear,
and he decided to follow the women to the square,
where, she knelt and given the last lament,
continued with slow and step deliberate until he
reach the river where she disappeared.
My grandfather died, but I remember
this story as if it were yesterday when
he told me. And in the same way, I
would tell my children and if possible to