In southern Mexico in the state of Oaxaca there is a narrow strip of land between The Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Ocean called the Isthmus. Here you find the indigenous people from the Zapotec-culture, that still have their own language and culture from before the Spaniards came. The local tradition here includes a third gender, called Muxe. The word derives from the Spanish word for woman (mujer), but the tradition is much older. The Muxe are neither regarded as men or women, but socially in the society and in their families, they behave as women. They have their own way of being feminine without changing their physical gender. They often wear traditional female clothing, and they have a special social status in the Zapotec culture.