WATCHING THIS VIDEO ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW!
TOO FREAKING AMAZING!
Seriously, I look at these beautiful traditions, the feat these men undertake every time they perform & it’s mind boggling. They’re so brave!
Gotta Love these guys, so brave first of all! And so awesome for being so dedicated and passionate about staying true to their roots. Also, for wanting to share tradition with us all , which we should not miss out out & how cool are the for passing it on?!!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Totonacs of Papantla, Veracruz performing the “voladores” ritual
The Danza de los Voladores de Papantla (Dance of Papantla’s flyers) is a ritualistic dance in Veracruz, Mexico performed by the Totonac Indians and Olmeca Indians. Five men, each representing the five elements of the indigenous world climb atop a pole, one of them stays on the pole playing a flute and dancing while the remaining four descend the pole with a rope tied by one of their feet. The rope unwraps itself 13 times for each of the four flyers, symbolizing the 52 weeks of the year.
This dance is thought to be the vestige of a pre-Hispanic volador ritual common not only in ancient Veracruz but in western Mexico as well.
According to legend, a long drought covered the Earth so five men decided to send Xipe Totec, the God of fertility a message, asking them for the rain to return. They went to the forest and looked for the straightest tree, cut it, and took it back to their town. They removed all branches and placed it on the ground, then dressed themselves as feet/birds and descended flying attempting to grab their God’s attention.