In a small Mayan town in Yucatan there lived two women. One, Xkeban, was scorned by the townspeople because of her passion for men. The other, Utz-Colel, was a beautiful, modest woman, well-accepted by others, and had never had a love affair.
But Xkeban had a big heart. She gave away expensive clothing and jewelry to save sick people or help the poor. Utz-Colel was cold-hearted, never helped the sick and felt disgusted by the poor.
The townspeople began to notice a long absence of Xkeban. Thinking that she was pursuing a love affair in a far-off town, they did not pay
much attention until one day the strange aroma of a sweet flower surrounded the town. Before long, they realized that the smell came from Xkeban’s house, and
discovered her alone in death. The townspeople buried her, and the next day a bed of beautiful, aromatic wildflowers covered her grave.
This humble and beautiful little flower is called Xtabentum, and grows wild all around Yucatan. Its exquisite liquor extract is said to get men drunk with sweet love.
A short time later, Utz-Colel died as well. But the aroma coming from her body was the putrid smell of death.