Stretching your neck like that anyway is a bit extreme for my liking, but wouldnt having too many rings around your neck do some damage to the jugula or cut your circulation or something?! I was in my year 9 geography lesson and was wowwed by the pictures, yet curious and a tad worried for them as well lol yours sincerly Autumn Young, England
Question about The Long-Necked Women of the Kayan Hilltribe
I saw a fascinating National Geographic programme about it – I always thought the rings were slowly added over time and gradually stretched the space between the vertebrae and kinda held the head up themselves… But they don’t – they actually weigh the collar bone down onto the ribs and twist those longer bones – grizzly. I also thought it was supposed to be dangerous to take the coils away but it’s not – the neck muscles may have become weaker but there’s no real reason why they can’t be taken away. National Geographic implied that the practice has remained popular because the rest of the world is fascinated by it and people are interested in visiting the Kayan or Karen tribal areas to see the women. Apparently 37 is the largest number of coils a woman has. In some places they have brass rings on their arms and legs as well.
Having been to the Longneck tribal villages in N. Thailand, I can say with veracity that the ladies can put on and take off the rings at will. It's a cultural thing -- nothing to fret about. :-)