Dance of the Flyers

After our ride along the canals in Xochimilco my family and I got an extra treat. We got to see la Danza de los Voladores de Papantla or the Dance of the Flyers. It is said the ceremony was created to ask the gods for an end to a severe drought. The ritual consists of 4 to 5 men who climb up a pole, the fifth stays on top, playing a flute and a drum while the others launched to the ground tied with ropes. An spectacular ritual associated with the town of Papantla, Veracruz. Enjoy!

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