Los Voladores of Papantla, Veracruz

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At Los Voladores of Papantla, witness an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony that came about over half a millennium ago and is still performed today. According to legend, the ceremony started when the gods brought a drought upon the people. It was created in order to ask the powers above to bring back the rain. During the ceremony, five men climb to the top of a 30 m (98 ft) tall pole. Four of the men launch themselves from the top and decline to the ground via rope, while the fifth stays atop the pole and dances while playing the flute. The ritual was named an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. Plan to visit Los Voladores of Papantla during your Veracruz vacation using our convenient Veracruz holiday planner.
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  • A traditional event, however the lack of kindness from those who charge for the show reflect it, $20 pesos per person if you want to see it still, and when in the plaza of the archaeological site and you already paid for enter, additional you pay if you want to see them go down.
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  • This time I gave myself the task of investigating more about the flying and it is incredible, not just what they do, but also the meaning of each item and person who performed it, really incredible. The voladores rite is a native Mesoamerican religious manifestation. Its origins go back to the Middle Preclassic period Mesoamerican, representations of this ritual have been found in Western cultures funerary ceramics (Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit). Then it went to other villages, most likely related to the gladiatorial sacrifice and fertility cults. Survive today among the nahuas and the totonacos of the Sierra Norte de Puebla and Veracruz Totonacapan. In 2009 it was declared Intangible Cultural heritage of humanity by Unesco.
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  • The flyers of Papantla are a representation of what is believed was part of a ceremony, the people from Tajin are known as the people of wind, it requires a lot of skills to participate in this repres...  more »