Bungee jumping - trusting your life to elastic - the Awesome World of Things

Bungee jumping it's origins in the ancient ritual "Gkol" performed in the Pentecost Island in the Pacific Archipelago of Vanuatu. The legend says that in the village named Bunlap a man called Tamalie had a quarrel with his wife and she ran away and climbed a Banyan tree where she wrapped her ankles with liana vines. When Tamalie came up to her, the woman jumped from the tree and so did her husband not knowing what had his wife had done. So he died but the woman survived. The men of Bunlap were very impressed by this performance and they began to practise such jumps in case they got into similar situations. This practice transformed into a ritual for rich yam harvest and also for proving manhood.

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