I anchored off Wali village on the south western end of Pentecost IslandJust sticking through the tree ashore , the Land Diving tower was visible Paramount Chief Luke, greeted me in his tradition penis sheath garband lead a group of us, to were the villagers had built this year’s Land Diving towerThe tower itself was an impressive structure, built around an existing tree, on the top of a steep slope of soft soil The program was 8 dives, starting off with the lower platforms, for the boys, then as the higher platforms were used the divers got progressively older.
All the platforms has the vines that the diver had tied to their ankles, already set up
as the diver stood on the platform, getting his courage together to jump the rest of the villagers, who were dancing and singing on the flat land behind the top of the tower, would change there singing to build up the atmosphere to help him overcome any trepidations, he might have then he would jump, far out, away from the towerit was very impressive to watch, as this sequence of photo shows
getting even more impressive as the next diver leapt from a higher platform
and then then the finally, was from the top platformby which time I had shifted for still photography to movie
The tower was impressive, made with traditional building materials, all held together with vines and stringy barkI got in some practise flying the drone around it afterwards
in the lag time, while I got this blog done, I have sailed over to Malekula, were Karl and Nora, organised a very enjoyable belated birthday party for me. My Smartphone is full of some amazing photos, that I will endeavour to have ready for a blog post over the next few days