Mesoamerican Culture, History, and Religion

Danza Azteca — Another Aztec Fire Dance

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an Aztec dance video, so I thought I’d share another good one I’ve found. This one is another Fire Dance (Fuego), but quite a bit different from the first one I posted back in April. This dance was performed at the 2007 Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, Washington.

(Direct link to Sazqwatch’s YouTube page of this video)

This version of the dance is also performed by a single danzante, a fellow who’s incredibly daring. Notice how several times during the danza he nearly crouches atop the flame! You’ll spot him carrying a small gourd rattle throughout this performance, which is a traditional instrument associated with ritual dance. Several of the gods of dance, such as Techalotl the squirrel-like Teotl, are depicted in the codices carrying rattles, and dancers impersonating these deities at festivals will wield them as well.

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One response

  1. WOW! So being of Native American heritage, I never knew of this dance. Thank you for sharing. I’m a fire dancer in Eugene, Oregon with a Fire Dancing Troupe called Apocalyptica Fire Factory. Our dancing is so very different than this dance. Culture is amazing! Our dancing is a mix of many cultures as well as recent culture too. Thank you again, I have learned something knew today!

    April 20, 2009 at 2:04 AM

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