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The Pentecost Islanders in Vanuatu have been practicing this form of bungee jumping for a long time, in a traditional fertility-rite ceremony only for males, some as young as seven. They jump from 20-30 meter high tree towers with their legs tied with supple liana vines, aiming to just touch the ground. It is not an exact science, and there have been some tragedies over time.

They perform the ceremony on Saturdays throughout April and May, with some other performances especially for the tourists. The tradition started, as legend says, when a man chased a woman up a tree. She jumped and he followed, though she had secured her feet with a vine. Now, women are never allowed to performed the jump and the men are prepared and will not be tricked by a woman again.

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