Zapotec languages are a group of closely-related
indigenous Mesoamerican languages, spoken by the Zapotec people from Mexico. They live mainly in Oaxaca and its surrounding states: Puebla, Veracruz, and Guerrero.
The archaeological site of Cantona, Puebla, Mexico. This site was occupied during the Classic period: AD 100-900, and peaked about 600-900.
Cantona was a huge, fortified city, about 15.5 square kilometres in size -making it 2nd in size to Teotihuacan. Cantona includes 24 ball courts, and at its peak, had a population of 80,000-90,000 inhabitants.
There appears to have been strong ceremonialism. This is suggested by the human remains exhibiting decapitation: burned, carved, and boiled bones, with artefacts on top of them. It seem as though human remains were used as offerings in the construction of pyramids and altars.
Xólotl, the Aztec yellow dog to carry the souls through the first level of Mictlán. There’s a lot of different variations of the myth, but my favorite is the giant dog that literally carries you through the after-life.