With nothing but two vines wrapped around their ankles, these “land divers” fearlessly hurl themselves into oblivion in a century-old ritual that allegedly holds significance for their annual yam harvest, masculinity, and cultural integrity.
The land divers of Pentecost Island don’t use harnesses, nets, helmets or safety precautions of any kind. The standard for a “perfect jump” is one where your head actually brushes the ground at the lowest point of the fall. Sufficed to say, there is not much room for error with land divers.
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