The Zapotec names are somewhat difficult to bring into harmony with the others.
The Zapotec language is still spoken by about 260 natives in the State of Oajaca.
Thus, Petela, an ancient Zapotec cacique whose name signified dog, was worshiped in the cavern of Coatlan.
He has already published a grammar of the Zapotec, as spoken in his village.
Drs Seler and Brinton agree in the supposition that the Zapotec name is derived from balloo, “the raven or crow.”
The women dress much like the Zapotec women in the neighboring towns.
There is an interesting commerce carried on in Juave towns by Zapotec traders from Juchitan.
The temple cave at Mictlan bore a similar reputation, and served as a sepulchre for the Zapotec grandees.
He then adds that the Zapotec term naa or ñaa signifies “mother,” and thus finds the connection between the calendar names.
Dr Brinton says that the Zapotec eche, or in the full form be-eche-guia, has the same signification.