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Los voladores de Papantla

Last updated: 08.05.2002

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Voladores on mast
Voladores preparing ropes before ritual. [35K]

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Voladores in flight
Voladores falling away from mast. [28K]

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Volador in flight
Volador descending. [23K]

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Voladores in flight
Voladores descending. [25K]

Photographs of a voladores ritual taken at El Tajin, Veracruz in 1999.

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The 'voladores de Papantla' are Totonac Indians, and the voladores rite is a traditional act of worship (now most often performed as entertainment for tourists, as in these pictures). The voladores climb to the top of a tall pole, wind ropes around the pole, and then leap off into the air. As the ropes unwind, they descend slowly to the ground.

© Angus McIntyre 2002. All rights reserved.

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