So, since the question was asked by Araya in 3B the possibilities of been going crazy about who could possibly be La Loba, while reading more into the myth tonight I had some thoughts. I’m not really sure who loba will be at this point, as most people aren’t, however, here is the thought process for me as it now lays.
So who knows the mythology behind La Loba? Anyone in the class? Who’s the resident Lydia or Stiles. Well for those of you who aren’t aware yet, let me tell you a bit.
An old woman still lives among the broken slopes of the mountains in the land of the Tarahumara Indians. No one knows exactly where, though. She is sometimes seen standing along the highway near El Pasa, hauling wood, or hitching a ride. She is called the bone woman„ La Loba. She is the Earth Mother who wanders the earth collecting bones, especially the bones of wolves. Legend has it that when She has collected enough bones to make a whole wolf, She begins to sing over the skeleton…and as She sings, the wolf begins to grow flesh and fur. And, the longer She sings, the stronger the wolf becomes; then it begins to breathe. Lo Loba keeps on singing, and the wolf leaps up and races off. And when a ray of light from the sun, or from the moon, strikes the wolf at just the right time and place, it becomes a woman, a laughing woman…and if you look closely, you may even be able to see Her running towards the horizon.
This is a powerful story which connects us to our true essence of being women…healers… a tale of shapeshifting and the power of breath. It serves as a reminder that we, as women, can step into our own inner strength to create and dream our dreams into being at any given moment. It speaks to us of “presence”, of allowing us to choose life. Lo Loba is the guardian of the female instinct, of female traditions. She is urging us to change for our own good as well as for those of our descendants.
Now obviously with Teen Wolf mythologies tend to be skewed a little from the original ideas. I’m looking at the Kanima here specifically, but thats besides the point. In this case I am feeling confident saying that La Loba actually isn’t an old woman, unless Loba is actually Araya and she’s looking for herself—now there is a plot twist.
However, the parts of the myth I find interesting “She begins to sing over the skeleton…and as She sings, the wolf begins to grow flesh and fur. And, the longer She sings, the stronger the wolf becomes; then it begins to breathe. Lo Loba keeps on singing, and the wolf leaps up and races off. And when a ray of light from the sun, or from the moon, strikes the wolf at just the right time and place, it becomes a woman, a laughing woman…and if you look closely, you may even be able to see Her running towards the horizon.”
Does anyone see where I’m going yet? Well my thoughts now are that its quite possible that Lydia could actually be La Loba. Now wait a second Cody, Lydia is a Banshee and kind of the exact opposite of La Loba — which I would say yes, but again there is nothing to say that two things couldn’t be combined here with the mythology.
So why Lydia? Well she had the full body of a wolf right? Granted in this case it was the body of a fullgrown werewolf named Peter Hale, but she had a body none-the-less - a full skeleton. And Lydia for whatever reason was the only reason who could bring him back to life. Now the thing about Banshee’s is that they are harbingers of death, they warn families that death is coming, not bring someone back to that family. Which is one of the first reasons I started thinking here. Granted Lydia didn’t sing over Peter’s body, but she is known for using her voice and for breathe etc with her screaming. So there is a similar idea.
The other part that struck me was that in the House Lydia had to set mirrors that reflected moonlight down into Peter, correct? Well that makes me think of that other part of the myth “And when a ray of light from the sun, or from the moon, strikes the wolf at just the right time and place, it becomes a woman,”granted again that the myth is skewed because Peter is obviously a man and not a woman but it sort of fits with the idea. Especially with all the mocking and conniving laughter that comes with Peter Hale.
Furthermore, the idea that La Loba represents the whole idea of Female instinct and tradition also seem to radiate with Lydia. For one, she is the longest lasting woman on the show as of now, besides Melissa. So there is a check towards female tradition, and she also uses instinct quite often.
Loba is also often attributed as the Earth Mother, and I think that could be important as Lydia is associated with florals at time, especially during Season 2 when shes using the Wolfsbane to create the visions at the party to help bring Peter back. The whole idea of using the Earth to further the mission, plus Peter was buried in the earth all seem to be a possible opportunity. Drawing and feeling the Nemeton as well seem to fit this trope more than that of a banshee, in my opinion. I think she demonstrates ideals of both life and death which shows a duality of nature.
So then why didn’t Araya take her when they were in Mexico? Well my personal headcannon is that Araya doesn’t actually know who La Loba is, has just heard stories of what is going on and what is possible with such a force. More so most people do not know that Peter is back in the game because he has stayed hidden etc, so even fewer people would known that it was due to Lydia that he came back to the game. Therefore, no one would suspect Lydia as La Loba. Granted this is probably reaching because being two different types of supernatural seems strange, but again with this show I never rule anything out.
I just don’t think that La Loba is Kate, i’m actually pretty against it because Loba is supposed to be protector of the wolf and able to help them etc, and that just doesn’t fit with Kate for me. And i also don’t think that La Loba would be Talia or Cora or Laura because typically she is seen as not being a were-creature. So this is what I’m thinking for now. Thoughts?
"Loba is also often attributed as the Earth Mother, and I think that could be important as Lydia is associated with florals at time, especially during Season 2 when shes using the Wolfsbane to create the visions at the party to help bring Peter back."
I find this paragraph especially interesting as I’ve always been deeply struck by how often, especially during season 2, we see Lydia walking around barefoot. Even outside. It’s so startling every time, and never fails to make me think “that’s how a goddess walks”.