Lock Necked Padaung (Kayan) Woman
The Kayan, sometimes referred to as the Padaung, are a tribal people who are currently refugees in Thailand in the province of Mae Hong Son. They wear distinctive brass rings on their necks, which give the appearance of elongation. There are two theories as to how the wearing of brass rings originated. One is that a dragon was impregnated by the wind and gave birth to the Kayan people, the other is that it originated as a practical measure to protect ancient peoples from tiger attacks. Whatever the reason, it is considered a mark of beauty.
- Russ Taylor
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