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Camel Jumping in Yemen



There are fun, awesome things happening even in Yemen. Perhaps the most fun and awesome thing is a 2,000 year old tradition: camel jumping.

Camel jumping is exactly what it sounds like, putting it on our list of weird extreme sports. It is men launching themselves over camels – as many as four or five at a time – whose humps reach taller than the men themselves.

Have you ever met a camel? They are not nice animals. They bite and spit and they are large and difficult to jump over. To meet this challenge, Zaranique tribesmen train by doing a dance called Tala, which means “ascension” in Arabic. The dance builds their leg muscles and it’s totally funky and fun.

Just goes to show you, adrenaline can be found anywhere and anytime.

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