My verses are now translated into zapotec of the isthmus (diidxazá), an indigenous mesoamerican language of Oaxaca state in Mexico. There are almost 100,000 speakers for the diidxazá, which is also called zapotecs of the coastal plain. Perhaps have you already seen her, taking her sunbathes, on the beach before to go to swim. If you have seen her, i am sure that you will return to this beach, to be sure that it was not a dream.
There are about 60 varieties of the Zapothec language. The Zapotecs are the descendants of an important pre-Columbian civilization encountered by the Spaniards during their invasion in the 16th century. There are still many archaeological traces that prove the importance of this civilization. We find their hieroglyphic writing for mathematical and chronological inscriptions. Their religion, dominated by the god of rain and vegetation, the god of maize and fire, and their political organization, probably a theocracy, are the most striking characteristics of this civilization. In the 13th century the Mixtecs beat back the Zapotecs and gain control of their territory. The Zapotecs live today in village communities monogamous, patrilocal and generally endogamous, with an agricultural vocation where the compaternity remains a factor of fundamental social cohesion.