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"Topil" is an indigenous Oaxacan word for a traditional public servant, usually a young man who volunteers his time to be an assistant and messenger for a priest or leader. The word topil comes from Nahuatl, but is often used by Zapotec, Mixtec and Amuzgo people as well, although the Zapotec word for such a public servant is actually ga, and the Amuzgo word is jnd'i.

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 Mexican Indians
 Mesoamerican civilizations

Here are a few good books about the indigenous Mexicans of Oaxaca:
 The Cloud People: Zapotec and Mixtec Civilizations
 The Mixtecs of Oaxaca: Ancient Times to the Present
 The Mesoamerican Indian Languages

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