Kids waiting for the dance ceremony to begin.

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According to Totonac myth, at least 450 years ago, there was a severe drought that brought hunger to the people. The gods were withholding the rain because the people had neglected them.The ceremony was created to appease the gods and bring back the rains.Five young chaste men were chosen. The tallest tree in the nearby forest was cut down, with the permission of the mountain god, stripped of branches and dragged to the village. The youths climbed the pole and four jumped off while the fifth played music. The ritual pleased the rain god Xipe Totec and other gods, so the rains began again and the fertility of the earth returned

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Photo taken in Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

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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 12:11:37
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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