Compared to the world of skinny fashion models and media ruling the way women should look and behave, the Isthmus Zapotec culture of southern Mexico is a land of free thinking entrepreneurial warrior women.
Tehuanas, as they have become known, run the markets, manage the family purse, and are generally regarded – even by the men – to be the more intelligent of the sexes. During the course of history they have inspired artists, intellectuals and politicians, and risen to the status of national icon of Mexico.
I feel there are definitely some lessons we could learn from this culture, not least how to break free from the mould others create for us.
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- Wives look after family money and govern the household.
- Women dominate business at the markets.
- Women are considered – even by men – to be the more intelligent and rational of the sexes.
- Women often play an active role in political movements and rebellions.
Location: Isthmus of Tehuantepec, southern Mexico.
Population: Roughly 500,000, but only 100,000 speak the local Isthmus Zapotec language. An unidentified number have migrated to the USA, and 83,000 live in other parts of Mexico.
Religion: 80% Roman Catholic mixed with pre-Hispanic beliefs, 20% Protestant.
Status of the group: According to the Mexican constitution all indigenous groups, including the Isthmus Zapotecs, have rights to preserve their own language and traditions.
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