Cuentos De Mi Tierra — Leyendas Mexicanas

This was a Spanish Webcast. Join us as we discuss Pre-Columbian Folklore. The Rodriguez Clan; Jorge Adrian Rodriguez, Don Rosendo Rodriguez and I (Jose Rodriguez) are joined by Kevin Sandridge. Special thanks to my It’s Elementary Webcast buddies Lisa Durff and Alice Mercer (AKA stream checkers). Yes Alice; There was a story about Giants. I had a last minute change in computers after simplecast crashed on me. The skype gods stayed on my side. Only difficulty was audio on my mic was really low. Special thanks to Jorge Rodriguez for his superb storytelling; you can contact him at buscaespantos@yahoo.com.mx

Stories referred to on show below;

La Llorona; The Weeping Women a women that drowned her children and now is cursed to look for them for eternity. We talked about the different versions popular throughout Mexico. Many people claimed to have seen her, even today. Rosendo shared his experience. One night his wife sewing late into the night when she heard her wailing down the streets.
Duendes/Chaneques; miniture goblins that create havoc. Don Resendo gives us examples of how the goblins would hide their sandals and throw them in the prickly pears. Don Rosendo talks about duendes appearing near the Laguna where he lives now.
Tales from the Belen Cemetery in Guadalajara Mexico. El nino que le tenia miedo a la oscuridad.(Nachito) The boy that was afraid of the darkness. When he was left at home and his night light went off, he died of fright. When he was buried the next day its tomb was open and the body outside. The grave digger reburried the body. Each night for the next 10 days the same would happen. It wasn’t until his body was put on an outside grave with the body exposed so that light would it rest in peace. Visitors still routinely leave candy and and toys to him. Many believe him to be a guardian angel.

Tales about Giants. The Mountain of dead in the state of Aguas Calientes. How Giants that lived on Earth were called back to the heavens. When they refused to go they were turned into Mountains. There was a certain romanticism. About a couple of Giants that still walk the alleys of Aguas Calientes.

Jorge shared with us a story about the great Volcanoes. The son of the Sun and the daughter of the moon come down to Earth. An Adam and Eve story and how they lost their divinity. When She dies he is so heartbroken he stays at her side until and filled with sorrow the cries his hear out (literally) the Sun God so endeared decides to keep them together forever as the two great Volcanoes outside of Mexico City.
Kevin shared with us his trip to Puebla. The Folklore he learned while there. Jorge tells us of the Creation of the Sun and the Moon. How the Sun is put in the sky. and how when the Moon is created it was just as bright as the Sun. The Aztec Gods decide this could not be. The Aztec Gods thew a rabbit at the Moon. It’s impression is still there today. And with impact it starts the Moons rotation around the Earth.

Finally, Don Rosendo shares his personal stories of the bracero life in El Norte. The times he shared with my grandfather Tomas Rodriguez.

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8 Comments on “Cuentos De Mi Tierra — Leyendas Mexicanas”


  1. Hi Jose,
    I really enjoyed the Mexican Folktales podcast. What a great idea. Your family explored some of the most famous folktales, and their recounting is authentic and personal. I’m sure your students would enjoy some of these, and be able to compare the variations that exist. This would be a great student project, if you had voice recorders that could be sent home with students, to record parents, grandparents, or others, to tell some of the folklore of their culture. This could go well with the OpenCourt unit in third grade on folklore, or the 5th grade one on heritage. Thanks for sharing. It was a very enjoyable listen. Excelente!

  2. Mathew Says:

    You’ve been tagged to participate in Unit Opener Planning Week. Please consider posting on your plans for opening upcoming units.

  3. Casan Consta Says:

    There is a story about the mummies of Guanajuato, it is really impressive. It says that in the first half of nineteenth century there was a illness (peste del cólera morbus) which took hundreds of lives. Many dead bodies became mummies due to the whether conditions of the region. Some of them, it is said, where buried alive. It is true. Anyone should visit the crypts of Guanajuato where the mummies are exposed to the public.

  4. jerrynelson Says:

    Hi my name is Jerry Nelson. I would like to invite you to read my stories in http://www.jerrynelson.wordpress.com
    Thanx for giving us this wonderful stories. Bye.

  5. jose Says:

    very good


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