People and Culture







In the border mountains between Burma and Thailand live the Kayan (known also as Padaung) people, related to the Burmeses and Tibetans. These are not to be confused with the Malayan people with the same name from Borneo, related to Dayaks. Today, their tribe numbers around 40,000 souls. Visitors to their villages are amazed by the neck rings worn by the women of the tribe. The neck rings of a woman are, in fact, a single brass coil placed around the neck. The first coil is applied when the girl is five years old and with the growing is replaced by a longer coil. The length of the coil and the added weight presses the clavicle and the rib cage, resulting in the appearance of a very long neck. In fact, the neck does not elongate, this is impossible. The "secret" of the "giraffe" women is that the clavicle and the ribs descend 45 degrees down from their normal
position. More on these awesome women, see the source http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-Giraffe-Women-of-the-Neck-Rings-37412.shtml

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