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"Long-Neck Kayan Women" Thailand Things to Do Tip by AlbuqRay

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Long necks were considered to be a thing of beauty in traditional Karen culture. The girls started wearing brass rings on their necks at a very early age. It has now been shown that the rings do not lengthen the neck but in fact lower the shoulders. It is said that the original purpose of the rings was to protect the women from tiger attacks but this is not true. The practice was becoming less traditional but the Kayan realized that tourists would pay to photograph the women. The Kayan women are very kind and try to be patient about all the picture taking. The elderly lady in the picture even had rings on her calves. In March 2001 at 73, she was the oldest woman in the village of Huay Pu Keng.

Directions: Huay Pu Keng is near Nam Pieng Din Village on the Pai River southwest of Mae Hong Son.

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  • Updated Jan 24, 2013
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