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Ama - The Pearl Diving Mermaids of Japan (Warning: Nudity) - Gakuranman
"One of the lesser-known but fascinating parts of Japanese culture is that of the Ama pearl divers. Ama (海女 in Japanese), literally means ‘woman of the sea’ and is recorded as early as 750 in the oldest Japanese anthology of poetry, the Man’yoshu. These women specialised in freediving some 30 feet down into cold water wearing nothing more than a loincloth. Utilising special techniques to hold their breath for up to 2 minutes at a time, they would work for up to 4 hours a day in order to gather abalone, seaweed and other shellfish."

[See also: https://jezebel.com/the-disappearing-ama-japans-tough-topless-free-divin-1679290183 ]

[Tangentially related:
https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/culture-of-jeju-haenyeo-women-divers-01068
https://roadsandkingdoms.com/2017/the-female-free-divers-of-jeju/
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/world/asia/hardy-divers-in-korea-strait-sea-women-are-dwindling.html ]
japan  ama  photography  diving  seaweed  shellfish  pearls  oceans 
3 hours ago by robertogreco
Culture of Jeju Haenyeo (women divers) - intangible heritage - Culture Sector - UNESCO
"In Jeju Island, there is a community of women, some aged in their 80s, which goes diving 10m under the sea to gather shellfish, such as abalone or sea urchins for a living without the help of oxygen masks. With knowledge of the sea and marine life, the Jeju haenyeo (female divers) harvest for up to seven hours a day, 90 days of the year holding their breath for just one minute for every dive and making a unique verbal sound when resurfacing. Divers are categorised into three groups according to level of experience: hagun, junggun and sanggun with the sanggun offering guidance to the others. Before a dive, prayers are said to the Jamsugut, goddess of the sea, to ask for safety and an abundant catch. Knowledge is passed down to younger generations in families, schools, local fishery cooperatives which have the area’s fishing rights, haenyeo associations, The Haenyeo School and Haenyeo Museum. Designated by the provincial government as representating the island’s character and people’s spirit, the culture of Jeju haenyeo has also contributed to the advancement of women’s status in the community and promoted environmental sustainability with its eco-friendly methods and community invovlment in management of fishing practices."

[See also:
https://roadsandkingdoms.com/2017/the-female-free-divers-of-jeju/
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/world/asia/hardy-divers-in-korea-strait-sea-women-are-dwindling.html ]

[Tangentially related:
http://gakuran.com/ama-the-pearl-diving-mermaids-of-japan/
https://jezebel.com/the-disappearing-ama-japans-tough-topless-free-divin-1679290183 ]
jeju  korea  diving  fishing  shellfish  oceans  instangibleheritage  unesco 
3 hours ago by robertogreco
Learn these Small Diving Habits to Make Your Excursions Even Better - ITS Tactical
Learn these Small Diving Habits to Make Your Excursions Even Better - Added July 18, 2018 at 08:50PM
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Y-40 The Deep Joy
Y-40®: the Italian project. The world's deepest pool. The only one with thermal water. The Guinness World Record.
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8 days ago by asaltydog
Great Barrier Reef | Australia's Great Natural Wonder
The iconic Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. Learn more about Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
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8 days ago by asaltydog
Sama-Bajau - Wikipedia
The Sama-Bajau refers to several Austronesian ethnic groups of Maritime Southeast Asia with their origins from the southern Philippines.
travel  ethnography  history  diving  maritime  southeast  asia  philippines  islands  reference 
26 days ago by asaltydog
dryrobe - The ultimate outdoor changing robe.
The ultimate change robe and towel changing robe, warm changing for all sports enthusiasts, watersports and outdoor activities. Dryrobe warm change anywhere.
sport  clothes  swimwear  swimming  surfing  diving  dryrobe  running  marathon  events 
8 weeks ago by asaltydog
Photos: The finds of the Rooswijk shipwreck on display in Ramsgate – The Isle Of Thanet News
Rooswijk finds Photo Brian Whitehead These are some of the finds that have been on display at the final workshop in Ramsgate to allow people to explore the…
archaeology  marine  conservation  history  boats  sailing  diving  shipwreck  excavation  england  ramsgate 
9 weeks ago by asaltydog
Rooswijk Shipwreck Excavation Summer 2018 | Historic England
This summer, a team of archaeologists will dive, excavate and record the wreck site of Dutch East India Company vessel the Rooswijk . During the excavation,…
government  archaeology  marine  conservation  history  boats  sailing  diving  shipwreck  excavation  england 
9 weeks ago by asaltydog

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