What the hell is Sandunga?

-Long story short: It’s a song.

-Short story made long: “La Sandunga” or “La Zandunga” is a traditional Mexican waltz, and the unofficial anthem of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca.

The true meaning of the word is uncertain, but has its origins in Zapotec languages. Some say it translates as “deep music”, others as “graceful, happy, dancing woman”, others as “perfect party”. Anyways, Sandunga is uproar, jauntiness and bliss… Give us more Sandunga, please!

Yeah, my rhymes suck…

… And that’s the story behind the Sandunga invocation everywhere.

Tehuana

Tehuana

By the way, the song is anything but happy. There are many many versions of it, you can listen to a couple of them here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04rvF-rVxjA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK4yyJDtOLI