Wednesdays words travels to Mexico

I have traveled a lot around the world and Mexico is one of my favorite places to go.   I enjoy the scenery and the colourful world in which they live.  One of my favorite places is Tulum Mexico, site of the ancient Mayan ruins.  IT is a beautiful spot, next to the Gulf of Mexico. and the history is very diverse.

Mayan ruins tower over the sea in Tulum. The formerly walled city was one of the last to be built by the Mayans, and its archaeological sites are incredibly well preserved. Take a break from the beach to visit El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God. Tulum’s spectacular coastline – with all its confectioner-sugar sands, jade-green water and balmy breezes makes it a beautiful picture that stays with you long after you leave.

The Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), or Palo Volador (flying pole), is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony/ritual still performed today, albeit in modified form, in isolated pockets in Mexico. It is believed to have originated with the NahuaHuastec and Otomi peoples in central Mexico, and then spread throughout most of Mesoamerica. The ritual consists of dance and the climbing of a 30-meter pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The fifth remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum. According to one myth, the ritual was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought. Although the ritual did not originate with the Totonac people, today it is strongly associated with them, especially those in and around Papantla in the Mexican state of Veracruz.[1] The ceremony was named an Intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in order to help the ritual survive and thrive in the modern world.[2]

 

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