Stone jumping in Indonesia

Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual on the remote Nias Island in North Sumatra, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Indonesia originated as a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias.

NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 22: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Bawomataluwo village on February 22, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Stone Jumping In North Sumatra
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 22: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Bawomataluwo village on February 22, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 24: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Orahili Fau village on February 24, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Stone Jumping In North Sumatra
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 24: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Orahili Fau village on February 24, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 22: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Bawomataluwo village on February 22, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Stone Jumping In North Sumatra
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 22: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Bawomataluwo village on February 22, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 22: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Bawomataluwo village on February 22, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Stone Jumping In North Sumatra
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 22: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Bawomataluwo village on February 22, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 24: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Orahili Fau village on February 24, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Stone Jumping In North Sumatra
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 24: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Orahili Fau village on February 24, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 22: A villager wearing traditional war dress known as leama poses in Bawomataluo village on February 22, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Stone Jumping In North Sumatra
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 22: A villager wearing traditional war dress known as leama poses in Bawomataluo village on February 22, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 22: A villagers wearing traditional costume pose in front of a stone tower in Bawomataluwo village on February 22, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Stone Jumping In North Sumatra
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 22: A villagers wearing traditional costume pose in front of a stone tower in Bawomataluwo village on February 22, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 24: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Orahili Fau village on February 24, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Stone Jumping In North Sumatra
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 24: A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Orahili Fau village on February 24, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 20: Children learns to jumping beside the stone tower in Orahili Fau village on February 20, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Some of historians and archaeologists estimated this is one of remaining Megalithic cultures in existence today. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Stone Jumping In North Sumatra
NIAS ISLAND, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 20: Children learns to jumping beside the stone tower in Orahili Fau village on February 20, 2013 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Some of historians and archaeologists estimated this is one of remaining Megalithic cultures in existence today. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter tribal fighting on the island of Nias. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

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