Puro Mexicano: Lore and Legends from South of the Border is now
available as a free e-book at the UNT Digital Library and The Portal to
The cream of a large collection of Mexican lore has been accumulated
over many years, partly through contributions by lovers of the gente
all over the Southwest and partly through editor J. Frank Dobie’s
ramblings in northern Mexico. Tales make up the largest category;
however, more realistic are the accounts of Mexican customs and sayings.
Another type of popular expression is the corrido, or ballad, and the
tall tale is well represented, too, especially in connection with two
mighty folk-heroes, Juan Oso and Catorce.