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Denis Bailey
04-08-2013, 13:46
The Maya and other indigenous peoples crafted hammocks out of tree bark or plant fibers. Suspended beds prevented contact with the dirty ground and offered protection from snakes, rodents and other poisonous or simply pesky creatures.

Christopher Columbus was introduced to the hamaca (hammock) during his travels at the end of the 15th Century by the Taino Indians, a Haitian tribe. It has been always thought that Columbus and his men became the first Europeans to glimpse—and perhaps experience—the hammock when they noticed their widespread use in the Bahamas. They brought several examples of the woven sleeping nets back to Spain. Hammocks actually dates back more than 1,000 years ago to Central America, far before Columbus was alive.

The word Hammock comes from a Taíno culture Arawakan word (Haiti) meaning "fish net".

A study conducted by a team of Swiss researchers found that a swinging motion synchronizes brain waves, allowing people to doze off faster and attain a deeper state of sleep. Their results also support the ancient—and still very much alive—tradition of rocking children to sleep. Hammocks totally Rock our World!

Read more about Rocking History of Hammocks! (http://amazonhammock.blogspot.com.br/2013/04/rocking-history-of-hammocks.html)

Até mais Amigos!

04-08-2013, 14:03
Check out my hammock gear time line below...

Denis Bailey
04-12-2013, 09:39
Here is a Video I did on how the Brazilians tie up their hammock and roll it away! Also a short video on the history of Hammocks!

Check it out if the video doesn't show up! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNsL7GkwYDQ)


04-12-2013, 23:15
Here is a Video I did on how the Brazilians tie up their hammock and roll it away! Also a short video on the history of Hammocks!


I loved seeing the two different stow methods you showed in that video. I'll have to keep them in mind next time I'm out & about with my hammock.

04-14-2013, 21:19
cool! Thanks!

Denis Bailey
05-20-2013, 17:02
cool! Thanks!

You are Welcome!

05-20-2013, 18:43
That was a fun video to watch. Thank you for sharing.

05-20-2013, 19:27
Thanks for posting that awesome video Denis!! Welcome to the forums!!!

05-20-2013, 20:24
Hey Denis,

Welcome to the forum. That was a great and informative video, Thanks for sharing this with us.

Denis Bailey
05-22-2013, 10:40
You all are most certianly welcome! I will be making more and have made a few more...check them out on my blog http://amazonhammock.blogspot.com.br/

Happy Rocking!

10-01-2013, 01:24
I just want to add some extra information. In ancient periods kings and their ministry, used hammocks while outing for relaxation and to get rid from any dangerous insects. The earliest hammocks were woven from the bark of the Hamak tree. The hammocks designs and materials transformed gradually over years. The most common material was cottons. In those times, fashionable hammocks were not known. They only hanged big cloth with 2 separate points and sleep on it. After time to time the modification of those cloths changes its dimension and nowadays we got different types of modern hammocks for comfort.

01-24-2015, 08:20
That's amazing. I never knew any of this. Thanks for the history lesson :)

03-07-2016, 19:31
I never thought about the history of hammocks. Very interesting. Thanks for the video.