Zapoteco, Istmo in Mexico

Joshua Project has identified the Zapoteco, Istmo only in Mexico





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Zapotec of the Isthmus are one of the largest indigenous peoples living in Mexico. They live in many small villages located in the Isthmus region of southeast Oaxaca. They are one of the original four indigenous groups the Bible League began working in. The Zapotec living in the northeast, central and southern regions of Oaxaca speak over 50 different dialects.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The traditional dress that the Zapotecs wear depends on the region of Oaxaca they are from. They include variations of solid primary colors made from natural tints. Women wear blouses tied with ribbons and long skirts. The Zapotecs of the Isthmus are considered rebellious and trouble makers by the government. The political system is affected by conflicting issues between opposing political groups.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Zapotecs of the Isthmus are strongly rooted in Catholicism. They are dedicated to their many celebrations honoring the different saints that they recognize. They also believe in witchcraft and the occult. A small but growing number are evangelical Christian.

What Are Their Needs?

Homosexuality, effeminacy and transvestism are accepted norms for a segment of the society. Many openly practicing homosexuals have been selected by the people to hold positions of authority.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Zapotec of the Isthmus Christians that have been trained. Pray that they would be brave in presenting the Gospel in their own communities.
* Pray that the Zapotec would turn from the sin of homosexuality by the power of God.
* Pray that the Zapotec of the Isthmus will by touched by the Holy Spirit when they hear the salvation message.

People Name General Zapoteco, Istmo (sah-poh-TEH-koh, EEST-moh)
People Name in Country Zapoteco, Istmo
Population in Mexico 130,000
World Population 130,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Isthmus Zapotec, Zapotec, Isthmus
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Zapoteco
People Name General Zapoteco, Istmo (sah-poh-TEH-koh, EEST-moh)
Ethnic Code MIR37f
People ID 12269
Country Mexico
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Isthmus of Oaxaca.   Source:  COMIMEX, 2004

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Spanish Zapotec, Isthmus
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Spanish Zapotec, Isthmus
For Primary Language: Zapotec, Isthmus

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1912-1958)
New Testament Yes   (1972-2002)
Complete Bible Yes   (2003)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Stiidxa Dios didxazá (El Nuevo Testamento de nuestro Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Zapotec, Isthmus Film / Video
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 7.40 %)
97.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source: GAAPNet / Dick Bashta   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: GAAPNet: Updated original Bethany people profile 
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