Profile: Domino Renee Perez

Associate Professor

Domino Renee Perez is the Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and a public voices fellow with The OpEd Project. She is the author of There Was a Woman: La Llorona, From Folklore to Popular Culture, and an Associate Professor in English and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas Austin.

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Hispanic Folklore Goes Mainstream

For more than 500 years, she has wandered, weeping and searching without rest. A ghostly woman in white who is said to have murdered her children, she is doomed to roam the earth, searching for their lost bodies. Though the ghost woman may never recover her own dead children, she will snatch other living ones to take their place, or so the story goes of La Llorona. Each year around Halloween and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), our thoughts turn to the undead and spirits walking among us. One day focuses on costumes and candy. The other is a Mexican tradition rooted in Indigenous practices that involve formally remembering the dead through offerings of food, drink, and celebration.

Category: History

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