One of the main features of the VIVA MEXICO event is the pole flying ritual of the Voladores from Papantla in the Mexican state of Veracruz, performed by the Totonac and Olmeca Indians. There are 5 men with 4 of them descending while spinning a 75 feet tall pole and one playing a flute while standing on top of the pole. It was mentioned that in Mexico the pole is closer to 120 feet.
According to Wikipedia, In Maya mythology the creation of the world is associated with a mythical bird deity (Itzamna) residing at the World Tree. The five “Birdmen” at the top of the pole reprsent bird deities. The dancer at the top of the pole playing a flute represents the sound of birds singing. There is a lot more symbolism to this ritual than I have mentioned here.
Voladores PapantlaEl Rancho De Las GolondrinasViva MexicoMaking Moments In Time Into Works Of Artrodneilthomas.com071914V9B2474July 2014