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"The long neck tribe in the..." Thailand Local Custom Tip by o00o

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The long neck tribe in the Northwest corner of Thailand is one of the most fascinating and picturesque. The brass rings around the neck do not actually stretch it; instead they push the shoulder muscles down. The rings are solid brass and are shockingly heavy. Women wear them if they choose starting at age 6. In modern days, the rings are a signature of the tribe and show off the beauty of the women. It is believed the tradition was started as a means to protect women from tigers, since tigers always bite the neck.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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