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Zapoteco, Istmo in Mexico

Zapoteco, Istmo

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
131,000 Zapotec, Isthmus Christianity 97.00 % 7.40 %   

Zapoteco, Istmo in Mexico

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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 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.

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Country: Mexico
Continent: North America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Oaxaca state: Juchitán and Tehuantepec.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Zapoteco, Istmo
People Name General: Zapoteco, Istmo
Alternate People Names:
Isthmus ZapotecZapotec, Isthmus
ROP3 Code: 104092
Joshua Project People ID: 12269
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 131,000
Population all Countries: 131,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Zapoteco
People Name General: Zapoteco, Istmo
Ethnic Code: MIR37f
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Zapotec, Isthmus
Language Code (ISO): zai    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Spanish (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity97.00 %(Evangelical: 7.40 %)
Ethnic Religions3.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
COMIMEX Morelia Scale:Level 6   Church in spiritual growth
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1912-1958
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Zapotec, Isthmus
Text / Printed MatterBible: Stiidxa Dios didxazá (El Nuevo T ...
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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