Zapoteco, Yalalag in Mexico

The Zapoteco, Yalalag have only been reported in Mexico
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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

* Scripture Prayers for the Zapoteco, Yalalag in Mexico.

* 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
People Name in Country Zapoteco, Yalalag
Pronunciation sah-poh-TEH-koh, yah-LAH-lah
World Population 4,200
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Yalalag Zapotec; Zapotec, Yalalag; Zapoteco, Yalalag, Villa Alta, Oaxaca
People ID 15962
ROP3 Code 110943
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mexico D.F.; Oaxaca state: Oaxaca city; Veracruz state: Yalálag.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mexico D.F.; Oaxaca state: Oaxaca city; Veracruz state: Yalálag..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Zapotec, Yalalag (4,200 speakers)
Language Code zpu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Zapotec, Yalalag (4,200 speakers)
Language Code zpu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Zapotec, Yalalag

Primary Language:  Zapotec, Yalalag

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1988-1999)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2000)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Zapotec, Yalalag
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Diʼll danʼ nsaʼa yel nban (El Nuevo Testamento en el
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.30 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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