the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

South America

archaeology to today

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Costa Rica
400-1500 pendant
South America with dancers
South America religious procession
South America with solo male dancer
tile picture, Quito
video, panpipes and drum
18th century pipe and tabor playing for dancing, Spanish and Peruvian influence
Cuzco archangel, panpipes and drum  
video Txistu from Banfield    
from Oaxaca - square drum and pipe    

from Veracruz - voladores

The Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), or Palo Volador (Pole Flying), 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 Nahua, Huastec 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. The ceremony was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in order to help the ritual survive and thrive in the modern world.

on the ground
at top of pole


Paintings by Romeo Tabuena





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