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The Under and Afterworld of the Ancient Zapotec People

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.04.53 AMBy Julie Etra

The Zapotec people have historically occupied central and southern Oaxaca and part of the southern state of Guerrero, the southern part of the state of Puebla and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, which is also part of Oaxaca. In pre-Columbian times, the Zapotecs were one of the most important civilizations of Mesoamerica, and today their descendants still comprise a large component of the population of Oaxaca. Zapotec is actually a náhuatl word “Tzapotécatl” (the language of the Mixteca or Aztecs) meaning people of the Zapote village, as they were conquered by the ‘Aztecs’ . They call(ed) themselves “ben´zaa” o “vinizá”, people of the clouds. Continue reading The Under and Afterworld of the Ancient Zapotec People