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Mexico’s 600-Year-Old Dance of the Flying Men (Video)

Mexico’s 600-Year-Old Dance of the Flying Men (Video)

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For six centuries, the vibrant skies above Papantla, Mexico, have been graced by the enduring tradition of the Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers). This captivating spectacle unfolds as a group of aerial acrobats, led by a guide adorned in vivid attire, ascend a towering 20-meter pole. With a single rope fastened securely to their legs, they ascend to great heights, embarking on a gravity-defying ballet through the open air.

This ritual holds deep historical resonance, originating in a time nearly 600 years past. Rooted in Mesoamerican heritage, the dance is more than a performance; it's a profound spiritual act. As these intrepid flyers whirl and spin, their motions are a sacred entreaty to the sun deity, invoking blessings and the life-giving rains that sustain the land. Beyond its visual spectacle, the Danza de los Voladores is a living link to a storied past. Each twirl of the performers' bodies tells a tale that spans generations, an unbroken chain connecting the past to the present. This tradition stands as a vibrant reminder of the enduring relationship between humanity and the natural world, a timeless dance that continues to captivate hearts and minds across cultures.

Top image: Mexico’s Papantla flying men. Source: rulojmp / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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