In Mexican folklore, La Llorona (pronounced [la ʝo. ˈɾo. na], "The Weeping Woman" or “the cry”) is one of Mexico's most famous oral legends. The lore states a woman was abandoned by her husband and was left alone to raise her two sons, whom she instead drowned in a river out of grief and anger. As a result of her actions the woman is condemned to wander for all eternity until she finds the bodies of her children, often causing misfortune to those who are near or hear her. The oral story represents La Llorona as a person, legend, ghost, goddess, metaphor and symbol.