Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Legends of Xtabai
The Rogue Speaks:
In keeping with my search for little-known facts/fiction on Jenny's
Alphabe-Thursday, I present to you today the legends of Xtabai!
The first legend of Xtabai tells of a young woman of the Mayan aristocracy. She is beyond beautiful, with dreamy eyes and a seductive smile. Every young man lusted after her but she was indifferent to all of them, including a handsome and gallant nobleman.
One resident of her village was a sorceress who wanted the nobleman for herself. She lures the beautiful maiden to her cottage and tricks her into drinking a potion that turns her into an insatiable sex-addict. The young woman's addiction eventually causes her death. It is said that she was re-born as Xtabai, who appears to men as a seductive woman with long hair and a flowing dress. She then turns into an evil spirit, causing the death of any man who follows her.
Another legend tells of two women, one good and the other evil. The evil one was beautiful, but she was shunned because she was a loose woman, and the good one had virtue but was scornful of the poor. When both died the good one's body began to stink of decay, but the evil and beautiful one's body was sweet-smelling. The "good" woman was reborn as Xtabai, who led men to their death with her selfishness.
Xtabai appears to men during a full moon. They never see her face, but she lures them into the deep forest, where they are then killed. Xtabai still walks the earth today!!