Friday, April 04, 2008

Burmese Neck Stretching

The Padaung tribe of Burma considered a long neck beautiful. About
age 5, girls were introduced to the first neck ring. As they grew, rings
were added. Their shoulders were pushed down, making the neck look
longer. Also, this showed off the family's valuable metal rings,
indicating wealth. A woman wore up to twenty pounds of rings on her neck and even more on her calves!

A fully stretched neck was between 10-15" long! A woman could not drink from
a cup, because tipping her head back would overbalance her and she would fall! She could only drink from a straw. And forget looking at the sky! If a woman offended her tribe, her rings were cut off and she would choke to death, unless someone held her head up!

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