A man and a child descend to the ground attached to a rope as part of a ritual.
Los voladores de Papantla in action.

Papantla, Mexico

February 2014

Declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2009, the ritual, which has mesoamerican roots, is still performed to date (although modified) in certain parts of Mexico.

5 men climb on top of a 30 meter pole. 1 of them stays there playing a flute and drum whilst the other 4 descend attached to a rope, on a flying circular motion, to the ground.

It is believed the ritual was created to end a severe drough.