(42) Although this reading emphasizes Nahuatl deity names, the four direction structure of the Mexica cosmos also integrates many shared elements with the related Zapotec and Mixtec
calendars and cosmologies.
Just outside the city along the road to Teotitlan, visitors will find the Zapotec and Mixtec
ruins of Mitla and Yagul, and just a bit further on is Hierve el Agua, a kind of giant outdoor stalagmite in the form of a frozen waterfall.
This allows small numbers of visitors to witness grass-roots Zapotec and Mixtec
celebrations without crushing them with cameras.
Thereafter, rulers from the Zapotec and Mixtec
(pronounced "meesh-tek") cultures apparently vied for control of Oaxaca and surrounding areas until the Spanish took over in 1521.
Scarborough and Wilcox's collection includes fifteen of the twenty-four papers originally given, of which six are on the non-Maya ballgame of northern Mesoamerica, from the tlacho of Jalisco and the simple courts of the Hohokam in Arizona, to the complex architecture of the Zapotec and Mixtec
ballcourts in Oaxaca.