Voladores de Papantla

Voladores de Papantla
Every time I go to México I learn something new about its' history, culture and traditions. A few years back I was in Guadalajara, Jalisco drinking a cold beer at a local cantina, I heard the beat of a drum coming from the plaza, so decided to check it out.

I saw a group of men gathered around a tall pole. They were dressed in brightly colored outfits and appeared to be preparing for a performance. The Voladores de Papantla is a traditional ritual dance from Veracruz, México, performed by a group of four men called voladores who climb a tall pole and spin around as they descend, imitating the flight of birds.

It originated as a sacred ritual to ask the gods for rain and a bountiful harvest and has become a symbol of Mexican culture and tradition. The dance is a spectacular display of strength, skill, and coordination, performed to the beat of a drum and the sound of a flute.

It has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and has become a popular tourist attraction.

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