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Los Voladores
Performed as ritual to the god Xipe Totec, god of agriculture and springtime, so that the rains would return and nurture the soil, and their crops would flourish. The men adorned their bodies with feathers so that they would appear like birds, thereby attracting the god’s attention to their request. 
The four voladores who descend to the ground represent the cardinal directions, and the caporal at the top of the pole represents the fifth direction (vertical), the center of the universe. The voladores perform in honor of the elements: sun, wind, earth and water - thus honoring the earth, the passage of time and their place in the universe.

Los Voladores

Performed as ritual to the god Xipe Totec, god of agriculture and springtime, so that the rains would return and nurture the soil, and their crops would flourish. The men adorned their bodies with feathers so that they would appear like birds, thereby attracting the god’s attention to their request. 

The four voladores who descend to the ground represent the cardinal directions, and the caporal at the top of the pole represents the fifth direction (vertical), the center of the universe. The voladores perform in honor of the elements: sun, wind, earth and water - thus honoring the earth, the passage of time and their place in the universe.

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