I thought I should back off a bit and furnish a view of the setting at Tulum for Los Voladores. Originally, the pole was made of wood, but this has changed with modern times so as to erect something more substantial. Moreover, originally, the flyers were called "palo" (wood) voladores, and this was all about a ceremony that commenced with a dance performance. Looking carefully at the top, you may note the small size of the platform, and the rope(s) wound around the rotating core. The pole is a representation of the Maya cosmology that comprises the nine levels of the underworld and the thirteen levels of the earth and heavens above. Each of the voladores rotates 13 times in the process of descent giving us, in total, 52 (13 x 4) years, comprising the "Calendar Round".
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