The History of Bungee Jumping

There is an island in the South Pacific, Pentecost Island, that is part of the Vanuatu nation. They have a tradition, called "land diving" that is the root of what we today know as "Bungee Jumping".

Young men of Pentecost Island performed, and are still performing, the "land dive" ritual as a rite of passage to prove their manhood.

The ritual is quite simple:
- Build a tower
- Pick two vines
- Climb to the top of the tower
- Tie the vines ends to your ankles and the other end to the tower,
and then jump, quite simple, or is it?

 

 
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