Sunday, April 18, 2021

Culture of Jeju Haenyeo (women divers)

 

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 Description: 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. 

Country(ies): Republic of Korea 

© Haenyeo Museum, 2014

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