Saturday, April 14, 2007

Flying Men at Cumple el Tajin, Mexico

By María Luisa Villegas

The Cumbre Tajín is a cultural event that takes place in Veracruz, Papantla, Mexico. During the celebration a group of men climb to the top of the 30-meter-high “flying stick” for the dance of Los Voladores de Papantla to honor the sun invoking the four cardinal spots: North, South, East and West.

Dance of the San Miguelitos, where good and evil meet for a battle where they try to delimit their kingdoms.

Dance of the Flying Men.

Weaving typical Totonacas’ outfits.

Mud Sculpturing workshop at the Cumbre El Tajín.

Sculptures made with vanilla flower; an old legend says that the flower first emerged from the blood of one of Tonacas’s princesses. Vanilla means “Caxixanath” hidden flower.

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