The Lost Mayan, Zapotec Indians of Monte Alban, Mexico

ABSTRACT: Learning where the Mayan, Zapotec Indians settled after they disappeared 1300 years ago from Monte Alban, Mexico, posed an interesting paranormal challenge.  The following finds them at Santiago Yosondua, nearly a hundred miles from Monte Alban and at a place that is mirror symmetry to where archaeologists continue to look.
Missing Zapotec Indians.   Approximately 1300 years ago the Zapotec Indians living on the esplanade of Monte Alban, Mexico, disappeared and nothing was ever heard from them again. My family and I were visiting the site several decades ago, when I had a remarkable vision, which to this day is as vivid now as it was then. We were exploring archaeological sites while vacationing in Oaxaca and I was caught unawares when it happened. I knew nothing about the Zapotecs before then.  I believe what I had witnessed is what the high priest, or ruler, had experienced back then, apparition or otherwise, and had taken as a sign to leave Monte Alban. By combining logic with paranormal experiencing, I believe I discovered the whereabouts of the Be’ena Za’a, otherwise labeled the Cloud People. What appeared in the distance was a narrow column of smoke that reached high in the sky before whisking off horizontally. The wisp looked much like a pointer. It was at right angles to my viewing axis, rotated counterclockwise by another 30 degrees. It seems important I mention this in lieu of a compass heading.  Time would bare this out.It was like I was “here and there” at the same time. I was ‘here’ at the temple site and simultaneously ‘there’ at the column, watching the smoke moving up and down in short, rolling movements. It appeared contained in a glass tube. I was to learn from other experiences that we see in all directions and places with our minds while in the throes of paranormal intrigue.
I felt an affinity with the mysterious Mayans, who I believe left Monte Alban because of a divine sign.  They headed for the column of smoke that had appeared to the left of the valley below. They changed directions upon arriving there and, coinciding with the pointer, resumed their travel to a place that was to climax their journey. I was to learn later that the pointing was accurate for carrying them past a mountainous wilderness to a chosen place. Initially I had difficulty determining the place. I thought a ritual sacrifice awaited them, thinking they had chosen fire for that purpose. Research proved otherwise. Fire went against their spiritual beliefs and I will go into that later.

There is no way of knowing for certain how many Zapotecs made up the culture of Monte Alban at the time of exodus.  Word had circulated that encroaching Spaniards were brutalizing the many cultures in their conquests, but it was more than that. I believe dysentery was the reason for the declining numbers. That was after the population had reached its peak at around 500 AD. Although, none was ever heard from again, some scholars believed that a few left the exodus and migrated to Tehuantepec and Chiapas. There were many rumors, and rumors upon rumors.

Certain archaeological discoveries are in conflict with what the paranormal revealed at the time. The whereabouts of the people was not learned by archaeologists and for good reason. They were looking in the wrong places.  They still are.

The spiritual side is more revealing and offers the best insight into what happened. In a glorious past, they told of their ancestors descending from supernatural beings that were living among the clouds, and that upon death returned to what they were before. They were life-sacrificing and suicidal. Ixtab, Goddess of Suicide is usually depicted in artwork with a noose around her neck and her eyes closed. She is shown also with a black ring on her cheek, a symbol of decomposition. Suicide by hanging was regarded as an honorable way to die. Women who died in childbirth shared in that honor, as did warriors having died in battle. All three groups would enter paradise with the goddess. Given that, the choices narrow down to excluding drowning and fire, although the door remains partly ajar to the latter. That last sentence of fire appears to be an archaeological myth, where at least part of the mystery unfolds but not as expected. Drowning is something else and outside the scope of this writing.In recent excavations in the ruins of Mitla, three Zapotec bodies were recovered that were burned. This is the crux of it, and the very thing that led archaeologists astray. Why were they burned before burial? Death by fire is one thing, but burial by fire tells a different story.  Those living there saw something fearful that prompted extreme measures for going against tradition.
Mitla is mirror symmetry to where the wisp of smoke pointed to in my experiencing, and beyond are Tehuantepec and Juchitan less than 150 miles. A site in Mitla has a hillside much like the temple site of Monte Alban and characteristically is the same for being flattened at the top at an elevation of 1300 feet. Identical esplanades suggest Zapotec influence. Then why was the paranormal pointing in a direction opposite of Mitla to a mountainous wilderness. It is what led me to believe the Indians intended to exit this world in a sacrificial ritual.Monte Alban at the height of prominence between 250 AD and 500 AD had numbered 25,000 persons. In the years to follow, the population was on the decline because of reasons not entirely clear to scholars. Most likely dysentery was the cause, owing to the numbers living on such a small promenade, keeping in mind it was 1300 feet above the valley floor. Sanitation would certainly become a problem, as would access to water. Epidemics are ruled out because of what was to follow in the many decades to come. After the Spanish encounter, a series of devastating epidemics wreaked havoc on the native population of Oaxaca and other parts of Mexico. Before that time, no history of disease was ever known to the people. They were susceptible. It was a dreadful thing waiting to happen. Thus, the only real candidate for the dwindling numbers was dysentery. Severe cases resulted in death because of dehydration. It comes right back to problems of sanitation and in particular access to water.Not more than 60 miles east was Mitla. Ninety miles west was the “promised land.” The trek away from Monte Alban was in that direction, that is, to the west. An undaunted ruler was not going to alter the course of destiny.However, numbers were dying off because of prolonged illness and the arduous journey; and now his taking them into a wilderness, only made matters worse. The ruler, through his faith in a mysterious sign, was headed for a promised land. Only the strong would survive the journey. In a manner of speaking, it was another Moses in another time. He was venturing to Santiago Yosondua. It must have appeared as paradise upon coming out of the wilderness. It was a spectacular finding and a haven of retreat from a precarious past. It tells of a courageous people who followed an even more courageous ruler to an enchanted land. Today it is a retirement community.It isn’t known the numbers who survived the ordeal, but hopefully a cemetery of kind marks survivors. Maybe even the ruler. Remote viewing describes a hillside of three burials. It is my hope to visit SantiagoYosondua one day and pursue discovery. It is fascinating to bring up to the present, the magic of what transpired more than a millennium ago. The door opens to other pasts, as well. There is no limit.


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