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Dave and Jan's travels:
Voldadores, El Tajin

First they march around the pole playing their drum and their pipes. Then they climb the pole. Then they wind their four ropes around the top of their pole a suitably cunning fashion. Then they attach one of themselves to the end of each rope. Then they jump (!). The top part of the pole rotates, and the cunning winding assures (i) that their weight keeps it turning and (ii) that each individual rope only lengthens gradually. The net effect is that each man spirals gracefully down to the earth, and when they have about three feet left to go, they spin themselves around and stroll off. Wow.