Fear is, undoubtedly, the oldest and most effective form of control for Latino parents…and they were very well aware of this. They made sure our childhood was full of macabre myths that would keep us away from any modestly fun thing. Here’s what they scared us with…
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Mami’s warning to all middle school girls: the cute guy asking you to dance is really the devil in disguise. Just don’t.
No sleeping pill in the entire universe would ever work after hearing about el coco.
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Every time your mom took you shopping you stayed glued to her out of fear of being kidnapped.
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Fear of drowning didn’t keep you away from the river banks. La Llorona on the other hand, she meant some serious business.
La mano peluda
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Not even the urge to pee could get you out of your bed at night.
Initially this beast would only feed on animals. Then Primer Impacto informed it was also feasting on young children and mom became a psychological terrorist.
El Hombre con la Bolsa
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You didn’t go around flashing your jewelry, because your bling could end on on this thief’s freaky collection.