The Flying Men Dance ( Spanish: Danza del Volador or Palo Volador) is a ceremonial dance practiced in various places within the Mesoamerican cultural region, including Tulum and Papantla in Mexico and Chichicastenango in Guatemala. Five men wearing traditional clothing climb for this dance up a pole which is usually 100 feet from the ground. One man climbs on the very top of the pole and plays drums and other musical instruments to make music. The other four fasten a rope around their place and spin around exactly 13 rotations. When the man in the middle start with the music, the other four men jump simultaneously and spiralize slowly down to the ground at their ropes. At this time they should be almost and ground level.
In Maya mythology the creation of the world is associated with a mythical bird deity (Itzamna) residing at the World Tree (the center of the world). Five "birdmen" at the top of a pole represent bird deities. The main dancer stands in the center and plays a flute, which represents the sound of birds singing. The four other "birdmen" (representing the four directions) spin around the pole to represent the recreation of the world (and the regeneration of life)
Part of the crowd.
In between performances. Tips are encouraged :)
Here's a little video that we took of the performance.
This is my entry for this week's MY WORLD (#126). Show your world.
P.S. - Preparing for this post took an interesting turn. When I googled information about this I only remembered this dance as POLE DANCE. So imagine the results that google came up with when I put those two words in the window. Be careful what you research :)