[October 20, 2023] Savage manliness? Perhaps not. Camel jumping in Yemen is more of an oddity than a “savage manly” sport … although there are some professional jumpers from the Azraniq tribe who would disagree. The sport does require considerable strength and agility. There is some opportunity to get hurt by a fall or the camel kicking the jumper. The winner is simply the person who can jump over the most camels.
Typically, camel jumping occurs at local celebrations; weddings are one of the typical events or one of a few annual festivals. It is also a rite of passage for young men. Camel jumping is said to be an ancient sport and largely forgotten. This means it is hard to find, but an enterprising photojournalist from the United States documented the sport and helped bring it to international attention.
To see camel jumping, go to YouTube to see some of this “savage” sport, link here. I wonder if the guys holding the tails of the camels are a bit crazy. Five camels appear to be the limit of our camel jumpers. No serious injuries so far.
I’m a little off-topic today, but I think we all enjoy a story of manliness now and again.
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