Mayans Hanging

 
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These Mayans performed these ceremonies without explanations and then went around collecting money. They were swinging by their feet. I thought it was interesting but would have loved for them to explain it. I should have asked my tour director. He was great.

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Guest - Jul 20, 2006 08:04 AM EDT
Thanks for the explanation.
Guest - Jul 19, 2006 12:29 AM EDT
I've also seen this performance. It's called the Danza del Volador (Flying Men Dance). This dance dates back to AD500 and is a fertility ceremony. Five men dressed in traditional costume climb to the top of that pole. One of them takes the middle position and plays a flute and beats on a drum. The other four fasten a rope around their waist and take their places on the square wooden framework. As the "middle position" man starts to play the flute and the drum, the other four jump (all at the same time) and wheel around the central pole as the ropes unwrap and slowly they reach the ground. Afterwards the player slides down the pole and they all approach the tourists to receive tips. The ones I saw were not young men. It's a way to earn a living.
Guest - Jul 17, 2006 08:54 PM EDT
I have seen this activity written up in the National Geographic,years ago.What does the man in the "crows nest"do?

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