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Native Languages of the Americas:
Mixtec Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our collection of links to Mixtec stories and folktales that can be read online. We have indexed our American Indian myths section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same story are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Mixtecs, the traditional stories of related tribes like the Zapotec and Aztec are very similar.

Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Mixtec legend for this page or think one of the ones on here should be removed, please let us know.

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Mixtec Mythological Figures

Puma-Snake and Jaguar-Snake (also known as Lion Serpent and Jaguar Serpent): The original creator gods of Mixtec mythology, they were deer who took human forms and became parents of the First People.

Mixtec Myths

*The Myths of Mexico and Peru:
    Online book of Inca, Aztec, and Mixtec mythology.

Recommended Books on Mixtec Mythology

An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico:
    Excellent introduction to the pre-Columbian mythology and religious art of the Mixtecs and other Mexican tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Mixtec religion and expressive traditions
 Mixtec words
 Books of Native American folktales
 Native American religion
 Mexico Native Indians
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