Land div­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

Land div­ing is a rit­ual per­formed by the men of the south­ern part of Pen­te­cost Is­land, Van­u­atu. The pre­cur­sor to mod­ern bungee jump­ing, men jump off of wooden tow­ers around 20 to 30 me­tres high, with two tree vines wrapped around the an­kles with­out any safety equip­ment. This jump is tra­di­tion­ally a fer­til­ity-rite cer­e­mony only for males, some as young as seven, although it is said to have been started by a woman who was an­noyed with her hus­band. He fol­lowed her up a tower, where she tied vines around her an­kles and jumped. Un­for­tu­nately for him, he for­got to tie the vines and fell to his death.

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