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IN Wierd ON 14 Sep, 2015
What you will do if someone puts a brass coil in your neck? you will remove it. But can you believe this there is one tribe whose women used to wear brass coils around their neck. Meet the Kayan a sub-group of Karen (Karenni People). Padaung (Yan Pa Doung) is a Shan term for the Kayan Lahwi (the group whose women wear the brass neck coils). Girls first start to wear coils when they are five-year-old. Over the years, the coil is replaced by longer one and more turns are added. The weight of the coil pushes collar bone down and compresses the rib cage.
When asked with anthropologist says:
1. To make them less attractive to other tribes.
2. The coils originate from the desire to look more attractive by exaggerating sexual dimorphism..
3. Coils give the women resemblance to a dragon.
4. Also to protect them from the tiger bites.
When asked with Kayan's women said that purpose of wearing the rings is a cultural identity.
Whatever the reason is it is very disturbing and I can't believe my eyes that they still wear it. What a misery they have been going through.