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The five begin to climb the pole with the chief or “caporal” going first. The caporal will not descend but rather will stay at the top of the pole until near the end of the ceremony. The caporal stands on a capstan, called a manzana (apple) which is a small platform at the top of the pole. From this capstan a square frame called a cuadro (square) is suspended on which the other four voladores sit. While these four wind the ropes around the pole and tie themselves to the ends, the caporal plays the flute and drum acknowledging the four cardinal directions, beginning with the east because it is believed life came from this direction.

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Lima, Peru

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  • Uploaded on April 18, 2012
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    by Eva Lewitus
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A710 IS
    • Taken on 2008/01/23 12:03:26
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 14.74mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash