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Lady from the Karen tribe , This lady had the most gold rings around her neck , seen in her village near Chang mai . Thailand .
Most people know of the Karen people from television documentaries, magazines and encyclopedias as the “long-neck” or “giraffe” tribe. But the women who wear these brass rings on their neck belong to a sub-group of the Karen known as the Padaung. There are other sub-groups who do not and never have practiced this custom. A further myth is that these rings act to elongate the wearer’s neck. Any chiropractor or orthopedic surgeon will tell you that this would lead to paralysis or death. In fact the appearance of a longer neck is a visual illusion. The weight of the rings pushes down the collar bone, as well as the upper ribs, to such an angle that the collar bone actually appears to be a part of the neck!
with added textures for the grunge look .
taken with canon eos 40d
Featured in Hat heads
in Vibration in Art and Verse
in featured unlimited
in Ancient Relics Customs and Sites

I work in the building trade , but photography and travel are big passion , everything I do is self taught ( taking shots or photoshop ) as I am no good at listening , ( or writing )
I use a canon 40d
or various compact cameras

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  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago


    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Thank you Dgscotland

    – gruntpig

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 1 year ago

    Fascinating info you included:-)
  • Thank you very much RobynLee

    – gruntpig

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture,
    Very interesting, and I’m so glad that this way of women beautifying themselves is a myth, and it doesn’t deform them in any way. I would love if you added this to
    Vibration in Art and Verse

  • Thank you very much Tori , I will add to Vibration in Art and Verse .

    – gruntpig

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarover 1 year ago

    An intriguing image…much to think upon…western culture is not much different…with their plastic surgery, liposuction, and other abnormal stuff wealthy humans do to their bodies to attract mates, though past their prime, and fend off inevitable old-age!!!

  • So true , thank you Pam

    – gruntpig

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 1 year ago

    Good photo journalism. Do they take the rings off at night? It must be so uncomfortable! They probably think that about heels too!

  • They don’t take the rings off at night there are photos of them sleeping in one position only , they don’t take the rings off until they add another .

    – gruntpig

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago


    Congratulations! Your work is beautiful!
    View your feature here and join me in congratulating our co-creators
    Sept 2013

  • Thank you very much for the feature Tori

    – gruntpig

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 1 year ago

  • Thank you very much Bootiewootsy

    – gruntpig

  • MotherNature2
    MotherNature2over 1 year ago

    I’m so glad you posted the information – I didn’t know a lot of this and it’s so interesting! Congratulations on your feature in Textures Over layed Unlimited – FAVE:>)

  • Thank you very much for the comment MotherNature2

    – gruntpig

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 1 year ago

    CONGRATULATIONS….ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL WORK

    perhaps you would like to make a comment here

  • Thank you very much for the feature Shadoelea

    – gruntpig


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