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Leyenda de Colima: El fantasma en la laguna

EL FANTASMA DE UNA MUJER EN LA LAGUNA

Leyenda de Comala, Colima

Mucha gente Laguna en Comala, Colima - Foto de Homero Adame (1)dice que ha visto que en las noches aparece el fantasma de una mujer en la laguna. Cuando se aparece, primero se forma como vapor en el agua y luego se ve un resplandor y del resplandor sale la muchacha, muy hermosa ella. Los que han visto eso se asustan porque no es normal que una muchacha ande caminando en la superficie del agua, pero más se asustan los que ya han oído esta leyenda y ven ese fantasma.

Mitos y leyendas de Colima: Misterios en las lagunas del volcán

MISTERIOS INEXPLICABLES EN LAS LAGUNAS DEL VOLCÁN

Leyenda de Comala, Colima

Yo trabajé como vigilante seis años en una de las haciendas allá donde están las lagunas El Calabozo y El Jabalí; son lagunas muy misteriosas adonde poca gente llega porque no están para el público como la laguna La María adonde usted puede llegar y ya hasta tienen cabañas para hospedarse –muy bonitas las cabañas.

En la laguna del Calabozo la cosa está bastante fea, principalmente después de que oscurece. Muchas gentes que también han trabajado allá como vigilantes o como guaruras –tipos muy entrones que no le tienen miedo a nada, o al menos no le tienen miedo a los vivos– luego me han platicado que mejor renunciaron a sus chambas porque les entraba el miedo ahí en la laguna, o sea que se les aparecían cosas. Se habla de luces, bolitas de fuego, voces y fantasmas. A mí la verdad nunca me tocó ver nada y eso que muchas veces anduve yo por ahí solo en la noche. También muchas veces andaba yo por ahí con algún compañero y luego él me decía: “Mira, mira lo que está allá,” y yo miraba y miraba y no veía nada; o sea que hay gente que sí le toca ver cosas y a otra no ya mí nunca me tocó ver nada. Cuando yo andaba por eso rumbos en la noche sí se oían ruidos porque es común que se oigan ruidos en el monte, pero así cosas de espantos nada, nunca. Lo que la gente platica es más que nada que ven sombras en la noche de aparecidos, de gente que ha de haber muerto por ahí en la guerra cristera, o personas ahorcadas, o sea de aquellos que dejaron colgados en la guerra o, ya más reciente, de alguien que se ahogó en alguna otra época. Leyenda de Homero Adame encontrada en su blog: http://adameleyendas.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/mitos-y-leyendas-de-colima-misterios-en-las-lagunas-del-volcan/

Nota: este relato fue narrado por el señor Nicasio, quien vende fruta en Comala.

Algo sobre Comala

El municipio de Fotografía de Homero AdameComala se localiza en la parte norte en el estado de Colima y colinda con Zapotitlán, Jalisco, y Cuauhtémoc al norte; al este y al sur con Villa de Álvarez, y al oeste con Minatitlán. La cabecera municipal, también conocida como “El puerto blanco de América”, es muy pintoresca y famosa por sus artesanías, por la venta de café que se produce en la región y los productos lácteos. También aquí se produce el famoso ponche de Comala, que lleva como base mezcal proveniente de las faldas del volcán y se cura con granada –el más tradicional–, cacahuate, ciruela pasa, guayaba o tamarindo (otro producto colimense muy famoso).

Myths and legends from the State of Colima: The Ghost Train

THE GHOST TRAIN

Folk story from Manzanillo, Colima

We were all having a festive dinner at don Evaristo’s ranch, because the next day we planned to leave. It was already time for Easter vacations and Emily and I wanted to go to the Copper Canyon, in Chihuahua. So there we all were, chatting pleasantly to doña Almanda and don Evaristo about our vacation plans.

“Ah! So you’re going by train!” said don Evaristo, enthusiastically. “Hardly anybody travels by train in Mexico nowadays.”

“Why is that?” Emily asked.

“Well, times have changed,” don Evaristo replied. “Now people prefer to drive to places, to take a bus or even to fly. The passenger train is just about history now. But it so happens that I know a very nice folk story about a train,” he said.

“This story is common in many parts of the country. It’s even told in areas where there never was a railway, like in the municipality of Arista, in the state of San Luis Potosi,” don Evaristo began. “What’s more, this type of train story is by no means unique to Mexico, since the ‘ghost train’ is a neo-motif in the whole world; that is to say, a new motif in universal mythology. Trains were only invented early in the 19th century, you see, and only a few years later, people started telling tales that involved trains in different countries. Written by Homero Adame.

“Now, coming back specifically to Mexico, these ‘train tales’ are generally related to the days during and after the Revolution, when many trains were robbed and derailed. One good example took place in Linares, Nuevo Leon, when the train going to Monterrey, from Tampico, was really robbed in an isolated part of the state. Many different folk stories were born from that one event.

“Anyway, the story I’m about to tell you apparently occurred between Guadalajara and Manzanillo, in the state of Colima. And it’s not about a robbery. At least, I don’t think so. Written by Homero Adame.

“Legend has it that one night, the Picture taken by Homero Adametrain to Manzanillo left Guadalajara exactly on time. All the station staff and telegraph officers saw it depart. The train was not very full that night, but it was expected to stop in a number of places, including Ciudad Guzman, in Jalisco, and Colima City, before reaching its final destination. The telegraph officer in Guadalajara wired his colleagues with a smile, informing them that, for the first time in many moons, the train had actually left on time that evening!

“Early the next morning, the train full of passengers arrived, equally punctually, in the Port of Manzanillo. All the passengers got off the train, and at first sight, everything seemed quite normal. Except for one small detail: the train didn’t stop at a single station on the way. Not only that, nobody, but nobody at all saw the train at any point on its route! Written by Homero Adame.

“It was a complete mystery. Not one telegraph officer or station employee in places like Sayula, and Ciudad Guzman in Jalisco; or in Colima and Armeria, in Colima, saw the train that night. It didn’t make any of its scheduled, obligatory stops. On every platform, a stationmaster waited, assuming that the train had been delayed, even though they knew from the Guadalajara telegraph office that it had started its itinerary on time.

“But that is not all. Legend has it that the train left Guadalajara half empty, but when it arrived in Manzanillo, it was packed full of passengers! Where did all those passengers come from, if the train did not stop anywhere on the way?

“Well, the obvious thing to do was to ask the passengers, right? So, after a day or two, when speculation was at its highest point, a newspaper reporter interviewed some of the passengers. To his great confusion, everyone he spoke to said they could not remember a thing about the journey! They couldn’t even remember getting on the train, and certainly nothing about the trip! It had been so peaceful, people said, that they had slept all the way. They only knew that they were going to Manzanillo and to Manzanillo they arrived, right on time.”

“That’s a really strange story, don Evaristo,” said Emily. “But all the same, I hope that our ride to the Copper Canyon is not on a ‘ghost train’!” And we all laughed merrily in the candlelight… Folk story found at http://adameleyendas.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/myths-and-legends-from-the-state-of-colima-the-ghost-train/

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Written by Homero Adame and translated by Pat Grounds. Originally published in the English textbook Orbit 3. By Homero Adame, Pat Grounds and Carol Lethaby. Ediciones Castillo, S.A. de C.V. Monterrey, Mexico. 2000. Pp. 85-86.

.Book by Homero Adame

.This story has been published, in Spanish, in my book “Mitos y leyendas de todo México”, by Editorial Trillas.

The book is for sale in all Trillas’ bookshops, but it can also be ordered through their online store (just follow the link).

The direct link to the book is this one: Mitos y leyendas de todo México.

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