Xtabay: Reputationby Jenny Jorns
ABOUT THE ART
Selection from "Human Roots: Women, Power, and Magic in World Folklore." This series examines the portrayal of powerful women in folklore, especially how such women were branded as evil enchantresses and witches. When their tales are analyzed, one finds that they represent basic human qualities that are negative or fear-invoking.
Rumoured to be a demoness, Xtabay slept with any man who asked in exchange for jewelry and fine clothes. Most villagers shunned her for her lust, but what they failed to notice was that she took these luxury items to the poor and needy, giving up almost all she owned in acts of charity. She also cared for unwanted animals. When she died, her body smelled of beautiful flowers. This duality in her personality allowed for a dynamic, iconic depiction as both lustful beauty and gentle caregiver.
Photographic elements used via Creative Commons. Textures from Lost & Taken.