Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

It is not for nothing that the Kayan women in Burma are called the “giraffe women”. Their necks are much, much longer that the corresponding body part of any other group of people, of either sex. And the best thing about it is that you can grow a neck every bit as long (perhaps even longer), if you wanted to.

Here is how it’s done. Kayan women begin to wear neck coils around their necks from very young age — they can start as early as age two. The number of coil turns is gradually increased and can go to as many as twenty. The thing is that this technique doesn’t actually elongate the neck. What happens is that the weight of the coils puts pressure on the collarbone, which eventually causes it to deform and create an impression of a longer neck.

Here is how it looks.

1. The Kayan women of eastern Burma wear brass rings around their necks to make them appear longer.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

2. Girls can start wearing the rings from the age of two and tend to add more rings as they get older.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

3. The rings do not actually stretch the women’s necks — their weight pushes down their collarbones and compresses their rib cages making their necks appear longer.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

4. The women can remove the rings but they tend not to as it can be uncomfortable and the skin underneath tends to be discolored.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

5. The rings are made of long pieces of brass that are wrapped around the neck to form coils.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

6. Many of the women say that if they remove the rings they feel naked and vulnerable.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

7. It is not known why the women started wearing the rings but there are many theories.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

8. Some people believe women originally wore the rings to protect themselves from tiger bites; other people think they were designed to make them unattractive so they were less likely to be taken into slavery.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

9. Today, most of the women wear the rings because they are seen as beautiful and to preserve the tradition.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

10. Some women wear the rings because they attract tourists and tourists bring vital revenue to the community.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

11. The rings are wound around the women’s necks and this can take several hours as the brass is very tough.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

12. Surprisingly, the rings do not significantly restrict the women’s movement.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

13. A full set of the neck rings can weigh up to 10 kg but few women wear these any longer.

Some People Build Muscles, Others Get Tattooed. These Women Grow The Longest Necks In The World, Hands Down.

Source: The Daily Mail.

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