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Palo Volante, Chichicastenango, Guatemala | by T. Christensen
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Palo Volante, Chichicastenango, Guatemala

During the fiesta of Santo Tomas (Dec. 21), in Chichicastenango in the Guatemalan highlands, extremely tall pine poles are consecrated and erected in the plaza for the ceremony of the palo volador — the flying pole. Pole dancers climb in pairs to the top via platforms and ropes, and then they spin at the end of the ropes dizzyingly (and dangerously) down in great swooping circles. The ropes are attached to a frame that rotates at the top of the pole. I took this picture in 1975.


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Uploaded on February 15, 2019