The Zapotecs say that many mystical eggs hatched in Mixe soil many years ago. From the first, a snake was born, which was hidden in the bowels of the earth, where it devotes itself to eating rocks.
When you eat too much, earth tremors occur. On the other egg, however, a boy was born who became a man in a single day. The Mixes named him Condoy and made him their king.
They say that Condoy was capable of the most amazing feats, as long as he performed them at night. Under the moonlight, nothing was impossible for him.
The Zapotecs soon learned to fear their nightly forays: Condoy frequently attacked them, robbing them of food that he later distributed among his people.
His exploits soon earned him the nickname of Diablo among the Zapotec people.
One night, however, the Zapotecs managed to capture the Devil during their looting. And in exchange for his freedom, Condoy offered to build, in what remained of the night, a bridge to unite the two Zapotec regions.
But when his proposal was accepted, he put a condition: if he also managed to finish the bridge before the first rooster crowed, he would take to his town the most beautiful girl who lived among the Zapotecs.
His captors pretended to accept this condition, but at the same time began to devise a plan to avoid complying with it. This was how the entire town gathered by the river to see Condoy build the bridge.
Among them, a witch hid a rooster under her cloak. Shortly before Condoy finished the bridge, the witch made the rooster crow before its usual time. The Devil had lost the bet. Furious, Condoy fled and they could no longer catch him.
Actually, the Spanish were the first to build stone bridges in America. They did it because the material makes the bridge maintenance-free, just a lot of labor for its construction.
Labor in this case, was not Spanish but Zapotec. It is not difficult to imagine the Zapotec people maturing this beautiful legend during the long hours of forced labor.
After all, the Devil seemed to have truly reached their lands.