Ixtab is depicted as hanging from the sky by a rope which is coiled around her neck. Her eyes are closed in death and on one of her cheeks is a black circle which represents the discoloration of the flesh due to decomposition.
She is also associated with the deceitful goddess "XTABAY", WHO APPEARS AT NIGHT IN THE FORM OF A BEAUTIFUL LONG-HAIRED WOMAN OFFERING PLEASURE TO YOUNG MEN AND THEN LOSES THEM IN THE WOODS. THOSE WHO RETURN GO MAD PINING FOR HER LOVE WHILE OTHERS FIND THEMSELVES LOST FOREVER IN THE FOREST.
As a beautiful young goddess she took great delight in luring men into the forest, seducing them, and then vanishing. Some men stayed lost in the forest, some found their way home...insane, forever longing for her love.
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