Myths and legends of Spanish-Speaking countries

Discussion in 'Cultural Discussions' started by iheartflutes, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. iheartflutes

    iheartflutes Member

    United States English

    Sorry to be using this forum so much for my school assignments, but I was just wondering. Are there any good myths or legends that come from spanish speaking countries? I have spent some time searching for them, but I can't seem to find anything good.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    P.S. Know of any interesting people associated with the history of any spanish-speaking country??? I'm just looking to expand my horizons and find something out that I didn't know before. Thanks again.
  2. Edher

    Edher Senior Member

    Cd. de México, Spanish & English
    Saludos flutelover,

    I believe it is safe to say that the most famous legend in Mexico is that of "La llorona. (The weeping woman)

    Long story short, a woman drowned her children because she was furious with their father (who loved their kids dearly.) Then she realized the gravity of her mistake and she suicide. However, she still roams the nights weeping "Hay mis hijos" (Alas, my children)

  3. pinkpanter

    pinkpanter Senior Member

  4. Asmodeo

    Asmodeo Senior Member

    There are so many myths related to Spain. Just to begin with, here you have a big one: ATLANTIS.

    Atlantis "Evidence" Found in Spain and Ireland

    Stefan Lovgren
    for National Geographic News

    August 19, 2004
    An empire filled with riches, it was an awe-inspiring civilization west of the Strait of Gibraltar's Pillars of Hercules cliffs—until it was defeated by ancient Athens and consumed by a cataclysmic natural disaster.

    read the entire article:
  5. Narda Senior Member

    Weston, Florida
    Buenos días Flutelover:

    La Universidad de Querétaro en México tenía hace un tiempo un sitio virtual de leyendas y todas eran muy lindas.

    Aquí te adjunto un sitio para leyendas ecuatorianas:

    Buena suerte!
  6. araceli Senior Member

    Buenos Aires
    Argentine, Spanish
  7. lauranazario

    lauranazario Moderatrix

    Puerto Rico
    Español puertorriqueño & US English
  8. sperdomo Senior Member

    USA, English
    Try Eduardo Galeano's book, Genesis. It is the first book in his Memory of Fire Trilogy. There are many short myths from all over Latin America as well as lots of other great little stories.
  9. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    Greetings Asmodeo...I had to edit your post...quoting an entire article may raise serious copyright issues for these forums. It is fine to post a brief quotation, and a link to the article. Page length quotations are a problem.

    Thanks for your understanding,
  10. Asmodeo

    Asmodeo Senior Member

    If you like Greek mythology, maybe you'd like to know about Hercules* (or Heracles, the most famous Greek legendary hero) "spanish" adventures:
    -The fighting with Geryon
    -The bringing back of the golden apples of the Hesperides
    -The fetching up of the triple-headed dog Cerberus, guardian of the lower world.

    Notice that to the Greeks the iberian peninsula was the world's end. The western extreme of their known world. So they created many myths placed there.
    By the way, Atlantis is often linked to the lost city of Tartessus, an ancient civilization located somewhere (not yet known) in southwestern Spain.

    *See Robert Graves writings on classic mythology. It´s entertaining and easy to read.
  11. Asmodeo

    Asmodeo Senior Member

    Sorry. The problem is that when I try to submit a reply with a link, this message appears:
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  12. lauranazario

    lauranazario Moderatrix

    Puerto Rico
    Español puertorriqueño & US English
    Hi Asmodeo.
    The "problem" you are encountering is our forum's 'protection' against spambots (automated spamming machines).
    New forum users (those with "junior member" status under their names) will be able to post links after reaching Member status. Don't worry... you will get there soon enough. :)

  13. Asmodeo

    Asmodeo Senior Member

    :tick:Imagine Charlton Heston brandishing a castilian sword instead of a rifle. He really did it. In a movie called The Cid, about one of our most famous local heroes. El Cid was an important medieval knight and military leader.

    :tick:Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. He explored during eight years southern North America (present-day Florida, Texas, New Mexico...) in the 16th century. His adventures are fascinating.

    :tick:Juan Ponce de León. He discovered Florida while searching for the mythical Fountain of Youth, in the 16th century.

    :tick:Bernardo de Gálvez. A spanish general who fought the british in your Independence war.
  14. sjgasca New Member

    Spain, Spanish
    For me one of the best hidden treasures in Spain is the way of Saint James, a journey of mysticism and religious background, with Templars involved on it and a lot of uncertain stories about his history.

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