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Culture of Jeju Haenyeo (women divers)

Language: Multilingual

In Jeju Island, a community of women, some aged in their 80s, goes diving to gather shellfish for a living. The Jeju haenyeo (female divers) harvest up to seven hours a day, 90 days of the year holding their breath for every 10m dive. Beforehand, prayers are said for safety and an abundant catch. Transmission occurs in families, fishery cooperatives and The Haenyeo School. The traditional practice advances women's status in the community, represents the island's identity and promotes sustainability.

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Place/region: Jeju island, Republic of Korea, Asia and the Pacific
Series: 2016 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Publisher: Haenyeo Museum, Republic of Korea
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Rights: Haenyeo Museum (Republic of Korea)

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: HQFS-CLTICH-2016-RL-0106800005
Source ref.: DOC:0106800005. CAND:01068
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Haenyeo Museum (Republic of Korea)