Totonacapan, a region on the eastern Gulf Coast of Mexico, has been home to the indigenous Totonacs for more than 1200 years. The Totonacs were the first people to cultivate vanilla and recognize it as a sacred plant.
The Totonacs are also famous for their Ritual of the Voladores (flyers), a cultural ceremony that honors the abundance of the land. During this act, men "fly" from a tall pole while being suspended by a mere rope. Their descent symbolizes rainfall and represents fertility of the Earth.
Some believe that the Voladores were early growers of the prized vanilla vine. Whether or not this is true, Mexico is proud to share both its Voladores and its vanilla with the world.