Like a Swan

This one’s about neck stretching, which is still practiced among various African tribes as well as the Padaung Kayan tribe of Burma (refugees to Thailand).

They start adding coils to a young girls neck when she’s about 4 or 5 and gradually increase it w/age to create the long necked appearance that the older women command. While it seems extreme though, it’s actually an optical illusion.

The purpose of it is to obtain a graceful swan-like neck. However, the coils actually act to compress the collar bones and spine, which end up growing at a lower 45 degree angle then an average human but the coils cause no lasting physical effects and can be removed and often are when the Kayan aren’t acting as a tourist attraction or aren’t participating in any tribal traditions.

digital collage, 2009

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