Stone Glyph The Papantla Flyers (Totonac Indians - Fertility Ceremony)     Beach home rentals in Soliman Bay Tulum Mexico the Yucatan Peninsula
By Becky Brandborg


Papantla Flyers, Totonac Indians performing an ancient fertility ceremony at the  Tulum Mayan Ruins or Rovine in Mexico Messico the YucatanAt the Tulum ruins (rovine) the Papantla Flyers perform a pre-Hispanic ritual dedicated to their sun god. The Papantla Flyers climb a 90 foot pole to the eerie and haunting sounds of a flute and a drum.

Dressed in their magnificent native costumes these men lash themselves to this towering pole with a leather bindings and soar off into space backwards and upside down in the ultimate leap of faith.

The Papantla Flyers, are Totonac Indians performing an ancient fertility ceremony. As they slowly descend to earth, the 13 revolutions made by the four flyers equal the 52-year span of the Aztec century. The flyers represent earth, water, fire and air, and the interweaving of these four elements symbolizes the creation of new life. A
fifth man is left on top, dancing on this tiny nine-inch platform while simultaneously playing both a pre-Columbian flute and drum.

Papantla Flyers descending as earth, water, fire, and air at the Mayan Ruins (Rovine) in Tulum Mexico the Yucatan. This is a treat not to be missed. You can also see the flyers at Xcaret. There are 150,000 pure Totonac Indians left in Mexico, and a number of troupes of dancers and flyers tour the country on a regular basis performing their authentic rituals.

Papantla Flyer Totonac Indian in native ritual costume Xel Ha Mexico the YucatanInterestingly, performances are often presented as ancient games rather than rituals. In reality, these dances, like many other pre-Columbian religious rites, were disguised as simple games by the Totonacs after the Spanish conquest. This the missionaries from learning that the Indians were still practicing their pagan ceremonies.

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