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Monday, April 29, 2013

Long Necked Karen Tribal Women of Burma

It is always very fascinating to see people follow their age-old traditions and practices that you would never see in the cities. Myanmar is a land of many tribes and hence it would not be surprising to see many of these ancient habits and traditions. Such a tribe are the Long Necked Karens, who are known for their giraffe necks.

Long Necked Karen Women of Inle Lake, Burma
These tribal women live in the Shan state of Myanmar and have also sought refugee in Thailand to seek better employment opportunities. These women wear heavy brass rings that weigh as much as 2 kilograms in their neck right from a very young age. It is believed that the long necks make their women look beautiful. Today, a lot of these tribal women have stopped this practice for their children, but still follow for themselves to make some money from tourism as tourists are happy to pay to see these giraffe necked women.

The heavy bronze rings that give these women their long necks
These women spend their time weaving scarves, longyis and other clothes and design wooden crafts. I saw them living peacefully in one of the villages on Inle Lake in the Shan State of Myanmar.



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