Exotic women with modest smiles, their heads floating on layers upon layers of brass rings, necks stretched out to impossible lengths,....a Rare, Mysterious and Elusive Beauty. Location : Hill Tribe Village - Chiang Mai, Thailand . . Join me on FACEBOOK and follow the Thailand Photo Journey . Bernardo Medina Photography ............ Facebook
Broad question for sure to tell you the truth, seeing these ladies at the Hill Tribe was an experience of discovery, only after being there a few hours I realized how proud of wearing the neck-rings they were, and what a unique beauty they had,.....then again, I once read that: " Beauty is an interior light that shines thru" in other words they felt beautiful and as a visitor I could feel that
Ah! I wonder if this is the long neck villagers from Thailand that i'm going to visit?! I'm going to Chiang Mai for a exchange program and my school is taking us to see the long neck village there!! ^w^ It would be cool if this is the same village that i'm visiting!
Well but doesn't it work like this? When you have a lot of rings around your neck, you don't have to use your muscles hold your neck up (because the rings do the job anyway), and eventually, you will stop using your neck muscles even if you try to still rely on them rather than on the rings. And you know what happens if you don't use your muscles for a long time.. When you do have to use them (like taking all the rings off), it turns out you just can't?
It really is interesting to still see particular cultural things still living on, in this very changed world. It's beautifully intriguing and though many would find it odd or just not understand it at all, especially in this day and age, there's something about the continuation of certain cultural 'oddities' that I can't help but respect simply because they've managed to still exist in that culture.
Interesting fact: their necks aren't actually stretched. The rings are so heavy that they push the shoulders and chest down, giving the illusion of a stretched neck. It can take them around 5 hours to put these on, as you have to unwind them and then re-wind them around the girl's neck. As soon as they take it off, their shoulders and chest will rise again, so no permanent damage is actually done to the girls.
I don't see anything wrong with them. They are part of the village's traditions, so all the girls are doing it by their will. And it does look very beautiful