Land-Diving With Vines
The men of Pentecost have been jumping off these towers for a 100 years plus. The legend is that a woman was running from her husband because he wanted her. She climbed a tall tree and tied vines to her feet before her husband caught her. She then jumped off the tree and the man jumped after her. He fell to his death but the woman survived because she was tied off. So every year in the month of April, May, and June during the yam harvest the men jump to prove there courage and that they are real men.
After watching this event I was really worried about the safety of the men and was glad they all made it safely down. Luc who was the Chief of the village told us that they only jump in April, May, and June because any other time is deadly. In the 1970’s the Queen of England came to this island and they jumped for her but it was in January. Two men jumped and they both died. So no more jumping after that happened on off months.