Zapotec is a culture in After the End. It is part of the Mesoamerican Culture group.
The Zapotec- ancient rivals of their neighbors, the Mixtec- were one of the few Mesoamerican groups that chose not to follow the new Mictlantec faith, instead adopting the even newer Christian-Aztec hybrid faith; Sol Invicta. This has not made them any more popular with their neighbors, and any sign of weakness could mean invasion or worse, annihilation.
Zapotec Characters in 2666
- Huecalpixqui Tigr Zniá of Oaxaca
- Calpixqui Gokú Castafreda of Cañada
- Huecalpixqui Copichja Zyrx of Istmo
- Captain Raúl Bezina of Children of the Toad
- Captain Pitao Bizaappe of Jaguar Band
- Zapotec Empire
On the Zapotec Women
It is widely known that many Native peoples of Mexico returned to what they remembered of their old traditions after the Event, a drift that was hastened as the House Iturbide lost its grip over most the Mexican Empire. The Zapotecs are an interesting middle term between the Mexicans, who proudly cling to their spanish inheritance, and their historical rivals Mixtecs, who resumed the Aztec way of life.
It is said that before the Event women had more participation in public life than they are allowed in most modern kingdoms. The few stories that tell about life before the arrival of Cortez (known by the north-americans as Colombo or Columbu) was also quite different from the way the Christian preachers taught the Natives to live after the conquest. Amongst the Zapotec, women still preserve most of the Old World Feminist conquests, but in a way that resembles pre-Cortez times.
Women are allowed to assume any position in the society, including those of leadership and join the military. They rarely interact with men during the day to day affairs, only during meals and parties. How strict the separation varies: in some places it is rarely obeyed, but in others men spend most of the time at home doing house work, unless there is a small child. In this case, the positions are reversed, with the man having to find a work while the woman raises the child until the five or six years of age.