"Voladores in Mexico" Tulum by Alicja1

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If somebody is interested in Native People of America this is a great, historical place to visit. The atmosphere of ancient Mayas is everywhere.

The ceremonial flight of the Voladores is shrouded in the mists of antiquity.
Information about the original ritual was partially lost when the invading
conquerors from Spain destroyed so many of the documents and codices of the
indigenous cultures. Fortunately, enough survived through legend and oral
history and in materials written by early visitors to New Spain, that
anthropologists and historians have been able to document at least part of the
story of this ancient religious practice and how it has evolved through time.

A Totonaca myth tells of a time when there was a great drought, and food and
water grew scarce throughout the land. Five young men decided that they must
send a message to Xipe Totec, God of fertility so that the rains would return
and nurture the soil, and their crops would again flourish. So they went into
the forest and searched for the tallest, straightest tree they could find.

When they came upon the perfect tree, they stayed with it overnight, fasting and
praying for the tree's spirit to help them in their quest. The next day they
blessed the tree, then felled it and carried it back to their village, never
allowing it to touch the ground. Only when they decided upon the perfect
location for their ritual, did they set the tree down.

The men stripped the tree of its leaves and branches, dug a hole to stand it
upright, then blessed the site with ritual offerings. The men adorned their
bodies with feathers so that they would appear like birds to Xipe Totec, in hope
of attracting the god's attention to their important request. With vines wrapped
around their waists, they secured themselves to the pole and made their plea
through their flight and the haunting sound of the flute and drum.

In Mesoamerican times the ritual of the Volador was performed throughout much of
Mexico and extended as far south as Nicaragua. It was performed once every 52
years at the change of the century, and the brotherhood of the Voladores was
passed from father to son.

(Thank you Darren for this story)

Maya Civilization

According to believes, Mayan civilization was a multitude of separate entities with a common cultural background. They were religious and artistics nation with increlible knowledge.

Maya City - Tulum

In hot days, there is no better place then lovely beach close to the ancient city. Tulum (7 km. north of Maya Tulum) is the largest Maya construction built on the coast. It is the most visited pre-Hispanic site. This place was a very important center of commerce in the past and is really worth a visit because of the magnificent view and historical buildings. I wish I could move to the past to see how it was before.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful ocean, interesting history
  • Cons:the best time to go there is early morning, later too many tourists are coming
  • In a nutshell:Mayas Indian culture and history is worth to know
  • Last visit to Tulum: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • AndYolland's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2006 at 11:36 PM

    Dear Alicja, I am still re-enjoying your stories and pictures, your VT-pages are like a book of your aventurous life. Cherish what you did before , take new actions and grab the opportunities in your future life. Take good care of yourself, Andy

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2005 at 8:09 PM

    Very nice page Alicja Lori & I loved Tulum and the Mayan Culture there and Chichen Itza was great as well We went last February . Very nicely done .

  • Jun 14, 2005 at 5:48 AM

    Dear Alicja, did not visit Tulum unfortunately, but the flight of the Voladores reminds me to what I saw in Xcaret (but it was without people).Thankx for the explaning and the picture, Andy

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2004 at 5:36 AM

    Beautiful writing in your intro Alicja. The respect you have for native cultures is so good to see. I wish more Australians could feel the same way about our native peoples & they would be a lot better off.

  • unexplored's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2004 at 4:07 AM

    It must be breathtaking to watch the spectacle of these men gracefully "flying" upside down from a 75 foot pole secured only by a rope tied around their waists.

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2004 at 3:45 AM

    seems to be an interesting place


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