FUN-travel: Inle Lake Long Neck Women

October 29, 2016 by  

  • Brass coils placed around the neck…

    longneck

    Weaving Scarves

…appear to lengthen it…

…when actually the weight of it…

…pushes the collar bone down…

…compressing the rib cage….

…& deforming the clavicle…

So why the coils?

  • To protect them from becoming slaves…

…by making them less attractive to other tribes?

  • From the desire to look more attractive?
  • To give the women resemblance to a dragon? (local folklore)
  • Did the coils protect them from tiger bites?
  • When asked, they acknowledge these ideas, and often say that their purpose for wearing the rings is cultural identity (one associated with beauty).

FUN-fact – Over the years…the coil is replaced by a longer one… and more turns are added.

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