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A Dance of Angels and Monkeys

Legend has it that, in the 1700s, the local chiefs of Cubulco, a village located some 450 kilometres from Antigua Guatemala, all shared a dream. In this vision, St. James demanded they performed a ritual dance in which a pair of dancers would spin down from a tree only using a rope. They diligently complied and El Palo Volador, the dance of Angels and Monkeys, was born.


Hundreds of men push the fallen tree onto the road in the mountains near Cubulco, Baja Verapaz. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
Hundreds of men push the fallen tree onto the road in the mountains near Cubulco, Baja Verapaz. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite

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