Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

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You may have seen them in encyclopedias or magazines and they are often referred to as “Long Neck Karen”  or the “Giraffe” tribe. These ladies belong to the Kayan tribe and to the subgroup Padaung. Girls start wearing them at a tender age of 5 and more turns of the coil is added as they grow older. The women wear these coils as a cultural identity rather than to make them beautiful or unattractive (contradicting hypotheses of anthropologists).