Posted 11 August, 2014 by-Ministry of Culture and Sports in News

The Legend of Zipacná and Palo Volador

In August start celebrations Fair Joyabaj, Quiche. Among its activities is one that has pre-Hispanic characteristics and Guatemala is recognized as the Palo Volador. This year, The celebration began on Saturday 8 August ceremonial activities by residents and local authorities.

The event concluded with the presentation of the reign of Queen indigenous, Martina Pérez Velásquez, to give way to Week activities, as ancestral dances and artistic representations of the inhabitants.

Ancestral history of the Palo Volador

The reference of the Palo Volador is embodied in the Popol Vuh and tells how the demigod Zipacná nailed a big trunk to help 400 boys to build your home. However, the arrogance of the character was not liked by the people, so they decided to drop the log in the hole when Zipacná was still inside him.

Realizing the intentions of the boys, dug a hole through which to escape at night and demolished the post and dropped the house on them. By this action, the gods raised the 400 boys at the sky as stars, which are now known as the Pleiades.

Prehispanic Ceremonies

The Palo Volador consists of a trunk over 30 feet high in front of the church stands Joyabaj. At the top of a fork and a structure with two ties wrapped around the trunk which act as tension is placed. By the weight of the flying loop unrolling to the dancers wear down.

The ceremony starts at 4 Morning with ancient dances, to the accompaniment of a small integrated marimba orchestras and wind instruments. Around 7 hours, representatives Dance Palo Volador climbing the stairs and start to decline. This dynamic is repeated until noon 8 August and continue the next day, until 15 ending that month the Fair. Each tree remains in place for two years.

At the beginning of the ceremony involved people dressed in costumes of Moors and Christians. Later involved monkeys, symbolizing the Humbatz and Hunchouen twins appearing in the Popol Vuh, and who were converted in these animals by Hunahpu and Ixbalanque.

The fact of having a log of this size requires holding spiritual rites that begin five months before the fair. After selecting the tree, Maya grandparents make offerings to apologize to Mother Nature by cutting the tree and prevent breakage in the fall. It is taken from the region where it is cut to the square, where it is cleaned and seeded.

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