Zapoteco, Yalalag in Mexico

Joshua Project has identified the Zapoteco, Yalalag only in Mexico





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Zapotec of Yalalag live in the Juarez Mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Zapotecs are friendly when they are not put on the defensive about their religion and belief system.

The authorities from Yalalag teach the townspeople that every Zapotec has the obligation to offer service to the community and the Catholic church. The leaders reject those who do not like to provide this commitment towards the enforced public service.

Zapoteco houses are made out of concrete block with tile or metal roofs. Most have only two rooms, the kitchen and the bedroom. Homes that are older have mud or adobe walls and thatched roofs.

Older women wear the traditional huipil (a cotton ankle-length dress), sometimes embroidered with flowers down the seams of the panels. Younger women and girls wear more Western style clothing.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Zapotecs from this region are Catholics and have many churches where they meet and worship. Religious festivals are an important part of their culture. They also have mixed their Catholic doctrine with many animistic beliefs (belief that non-living objects have spirits).

What Are Their Needs?

The Yalalag Zapotecos response to the Gospel has been slow, but the local Church remains faithful to the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Bible League has printed the New Testament in the Zapotec language.

Prayer Points

* Ask God for economic provision for the church; that they will continue to develop social assistance between the various Zapotecs people groups.

People Name General Zapoteco, Yalalag (sah-poh-TEH-koh, yah-LAH-lah)
People Name in Country Zapoteco, Yalalag
Population in Mexico 4,200
World Population 4,200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Yalalag Zapotec, Zapotec, Yalalag, Zapoteco, Yalalag, Villa Alta, Oaxaca
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Zapoteco
People Name General Zapoteco, Yalalag (sah-poh-TEH-koh, yah-LAH-lah)
Ethnic Code MIR37f
People ID 15962
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 Sierra Juarez.   Source:  COMIMEX, 2004

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Zapotec, Yalalag (4,200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Zapotec, Yalalag 4,200
For Primary Language: Zapotec, Yalalag

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1988-1999)
New Testament Yes   (2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Diʼll danʼ nsaʼa yel nban (El Nuevo Testamento en el Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Zapotec, Yalalag 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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.30 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
3.00 %
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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