HPA2015  Performance Award

Silvia Vaculikova (Slovakia)

Time: April 9-15, 2014

Place: Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, Melanesia

Nationality: Melanesian

Pentecost Island is most famous for being the spiritual birthplace of the extreme sport of bungee jumping. Between April and June every year, men in the southern part of the island jump from tall towers (around 20 to 30 meters) with vines tied to their feet, in a ritual believed to ensure a good yam harvest. The ritual is also now used to show acceptance into manhood.






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