• Short Summary

    One of the world's strangest rituals has become a top tourist attraction in the remote
    Pentecost Island of the New Hebrides.

  • Description

    One of the world's strangest rituals has become a top tourist attraction in the remote
    Pentecost Island of the New Hebrides. Islanders called "Land Divers" plunge from an 80
    foot (24 metre) tower to cheat death by inches. A vine attached to their legs
    breaks their ??? just above the ground.

    Nowadays, it's a secret ritual no more. A special tourist company takes curious
    visitors to see the Land Divers in action -- and they have to pay 95 Australian
    dollars each for the previledge.

    SYNOPSIS: Another planeload of tourists flies into the remote Pentecost Island,
    in the New Hebrides, to see one of the world's strangest rituals. Here the
    islanders prove their manhood and bravery with a ritual that truly qualifies for
    the description "death-defying".

    It's their tradition to dive from an eighty foot high tower. Only a vine,
    attached to the legs of all the men attempting the dive, saves their lives when
    inches from the ground. It takes about two months each year to build the towers,
    strengthening them with vines from the jungle.

    The ritual begins with chanting and dancing while the men taking part in the
    jump -- called "Land Divers" -- clime up into the towers. There are many legends
    surrounding the origins of the ritual, but its true beginnings are lost in the
    past. Tension rises for the tourists as the first "Land Diver" prepares to
    launch himself into space.

    Now let's see another dive -- this time in slow motion. Before the ritual, the
    length of the life-saving vines has been carefully measured, so that the head of
    the diver just touches the ground when fully suspended from the tour. Sometimes
    the vines snap -- and the watching tourists get an added thrill for their
    ninety-five dollar round trip.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAJ4OFCEO947W8UOSQF5CG8IBM
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJ4OFCEO947W8UOSQF5CG8IBM
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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