"Voladores" - 8" x 5"
"Palo Volador" oil on canvas. The tradition of the "voladores" or flying pole dance is still celebrated in some areas of Mexico and Guatemala. This scene depicts the tradition in Chichicastenango, Guatemala where it is usually performed during the feast day of its patron saint, Santo Tomas. The tradition begins with the cutting of the tree, and then the erection of the pole. Before erecting the pole, offerings of flowers, copal, alcohol, candles, and live chickens are placed in the hole. These are then crushed when the pole is erected, adding to the fertility of the earth. Costumed dancers climb to the top and attach themselves to ropes. They spin around the pole as their ropes unravel as they descend. It is thought that the dance was created to please the gods. One person stays on top of the pole playing a flute representing the sound of birds or a drum representing the voice of the Gods. 8" x 5"