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A Mysterious and Elusive Beauty by foureyes A Mysterious and Elusive Beauty by foureyes
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
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:icondarvia123:
Darvia123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
really interesting piece here!
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Dodsmonster Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read about those dreaded rings. 
It's not elongating there necks, it's forcing down there shoulders and breaking there muscle. 
This is beautiful, though. Her eyes are welling with emotion.
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foureyes Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
You are correct, it pushes the shoulders down,......cultural traditions that have been been around for ever :)
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:icondodsmonster:
Dodsmonster Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I didn't mean to insult culture! I respect there decisions. I just thought it was interesting that they did something like that, so I searched it and shared info :D
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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
I know,......I did not know what to think when I saw them, it is strange :) specially since they consider that to be beautiful :-? (Confused) 
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Rudrahara Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
I find your description interesting, why do you believe their beauty elusive? :o
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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
It took me a while to notice what i was seeing and realize how beautiful these ladies are :)
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:iconrudrahara:
Rudrahara Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I find your answer quite interesting (in a positive way) :B

Beauty is in acceptance and observation, then? :p
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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
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 :)
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LibrosYSera Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
LOOKS LIKE Mable my wife
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CrimsonSerinity Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student
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!
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LovePikaNizzy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Though, my brother told me that, those rings don't allow their neck to become strong.. And so if they are ever to take them off, they are unable to hold their head up..
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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
It's only decor :) the long neck is a visual illusion, the ring only pushes the shoulders down :)
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LovePikaNizzy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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?
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foureyes Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
mmm,......:-? (Confused) :-? (Confused) :-? (Confused) Don't know that much about these rings,.....I'll try them on next time and tell u :)
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trufflesth Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its true... 
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:iconmishkuu:
mishkuu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful
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:iconpit7:
Pit7 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
thats true.
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:iconlonacc:
Lonacc Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read somewhere that those rings don't really lengthen the neck but rather push the shoulders waaay down..
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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
correct.......... :)
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:iconvalna77:
Valna77 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
hmm
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:iconalislinn:
Alislinn Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was this in National geographic? I've seen this before, but I dont remember well DDD:
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MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yep
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photocrafter Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
WOW! women will go to great lengths for beauty as seen here. A beautiful portrait.
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:iconerene:
erene Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Awesome portrait, great composition!
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fairytale7591 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amaazinng shot! I must admit I wouldn't like to have those rings on my neck all the time... but cultures are cultures!
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:iconbhalstead:
bhalstead Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Photographer
Definitely a classic image!
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:iconciokkolata:
ciokkolata Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Beautiful!
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my-shots Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Super!!!! :clap:
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your wonderful art work has been featured in my December 2012 [link] journal.
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EgoSlayer Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
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.
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JohnClavin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Perfect in the square crop. Delicate, thought invoking and simply beautiful..
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malaugusto Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012   Photographer
This gorgeous work has been featured here: People and Portraits Spotlight Vol. 39.
Looking forward to seeing more art from you at #devPREMIUM!

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swashbuckler Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd hire you for National Geo, great shot!
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mrmd53 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful Profile!
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Beautifull!
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:iconkaslito:
Kaslito Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful profile!
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:iconjacac:
JACAC Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
s t r a n g e . w o r l d . b u t . a . g r e a t . p h o t o
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Iszy-chan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
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 :D
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foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
:).....:thumbsup: :highfive: :thumbsup: That's what I think :hug:
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llamacheeseify Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool she looks like Zecora :P
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful :)
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TheooDore Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel so bad for these women/girls. The government wont let them leave and get education because of the need for tourism. But they really are beautiful.
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foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I'm with you :hug:
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent. Rare. Exotic.
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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Thank you Andy :)
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B-BRO Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I have seen these people in person in Thailand, but I haven't got such a nice picture of them as you have. Nice!
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Pr0crasti-Nati0n Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminded me of an article I read, I think it might be worth a read. [link] I thought it was a sad story :( I can't imagine why people would actually want to do this to their body anymore.
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foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Interesting reading, I was not prepared for what I saw, still learning about it :)
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Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
very nice Bernie i voted
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