This time of year is the best for cozying up with a hot drink to warm our hands, bodies, and minds. We all have our favorit, and different cultures around the world have popular and traditional warm drinks from atole in Mexico – a masa (corn flour) based sweet drink, to matcha tea in Japan.
The “Voladores de Papantla” (Papantla Flyers) or Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers) is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony/ritual still performed in Mexico today.
The ritual consists of a dance and usually five voladores (flyers), sometimes called hombres pajaro (bird men), climb to the top of a pole of up to 150 feet or 45 meters in height, launch themselves from it and slowly descend circling the pole with ropes tied to their feet. The fifth volador remains on the top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum. Continue reading “Voladores de Papantla – A Dangerous Mexican Dance Ritual”→