When I speak about the mermaids divers to Korea to people, everyone seems to know about these amazing women already.\nBut the first time I heard of them was on the drive to a crater mountainside in Jeju where the Haenyeo women may be found.\u00a0 There, if we cared to walk to the beach about 500 steps down the mountain, we could meet the Korean diving women of Jeju.\nThese women dive for pearls and other treasures of the sea.. \u00a0Extraordinary right ? After all how many women do such hard jobs?\nAs I was assimilating this fact,\u00a0 I learnt that the Haenyeo do not use any diving equipment. They simply hold their breath as they go down. And over the hundreds of years that this has been a tradition, their lung capacity is known to be higher than that of the average human lung. They can hold their breath for 2 whole minutes!Absolutely extraordinary right?\nAnd finally the one little fact that completely dazzled me : the average age of the women divers is 70! The diving grandmas of Jeju!\nWOW!\u00a0 Really really WOW!\nThe stereotype of the \u2018helpless\u2019\u00a0 and \u2018suppressed\u2019 Asian woman that lives inside my head is really facing a tough time dealing with this new exposure!!\n\nCheju, Jeju Island, South Korea\n\n\u2018There\u2019s more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done\u2019 (song from The Lion King!)\n\njm\nJuly 2013\nThe post The Amazing Women Divers of Jeju appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.