Padaung. Long-neck women (35 pics)

Padaung or Kayan Lahwi is a group of the Karenni people, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Burma.
Women start wearing the brass neck coils at the age of five. Each coil is replaced with longer coils as the weight of the brass pushes the collar bone down and compresses the rib cage. Contrary to popular belief, the neck is not actually lengthened; the illusion of a stretched neck is created by the deformation of the clavicle.
Many ideas regarding why the coils are worn have been suggested. One of them is the coils might be meant to protect from tiger bites.
Kayan women, when asked, acknowledge these ideas, but often say that their purpose for wearing the rings is cultural identity (one associated with beauty).


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11 comments

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  1. hjhjghjghjgh                    show commment
  2. BEA
    Do you know what happens if that necklace is taken out? They die.
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  3. himes                    show commment
  4. Dee
    really stupid customs dash2
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  5. Ariel                    show commment
  6. red
    Koshechka_11 this is some b.s.
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  7. Double J
    They started this tradition because there used to be a big problem with husbands choking their wives.
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  8. zomborg
    It's not stupid it's their customs, their traditions. Just like in our culture we get our drivers license or go to the prom. That's how they live and this is how we live.
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  9. ally
    41 cool
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  10. rt
    I think is a good idea to make your neck longer but not that long
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  11. Peter Ole Kvint
    The lady in the picture 8 is their female chief.
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