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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