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Culture of Jeju Haenyeo: women divers


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In Jeju Island, a community of women 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. Transmission occurs in families, fishery cooperatives and The Haenyeo School. It advances women’s status in the community, represents the island’s identity and promotes sustainability.

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