The Padaung
The Padaung are found in a 150-square-mile area of Kayah State and Shan State, west of the Salween river and around the Pekon hills, which rise to 5,000 feet. For centuries they have been objects of curiosity and were once brought to the palace of the King of Mandalay for inspection. They are part of the Kayan subgroup of Karens. Although known in the world as Padaung, they call themselves Ka-Kaung, which means people who live on top of the hill.

The Padaungs are often nicknamed ‘giraffe women’ or the ‘long-necked Karens’ because of the custom of encasing the neck in brass coils. The practice is fast disappearing, and today can only be found in a few villages. When a girl is aged between five and nine, her neck is rubbed with ointment said to be made of dog fat, coconut milk and royal jelly, and the first neck ring is fitted. After two years, the next set of coils is added and every year therefore she gains a new set until she marries.

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John McElveen said...

I am soo here!! Awesome-- Do you mind if I follow along??


J.J. Charles said...

Wow I really love your posts! I first learned about The Padaung last year and I was so fascinated by their customs. Thank you so much for re-awaking my memory of them and for stopping by my little blog :) Lotsa Love,
J.J Charles

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Awais said...

Very nice blog :)

Gianluca said...

Bellissime immagini complimenti!

Cloudia said...


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NinaLaZina said...

Fascinating indeed. Why do they wear the brace is it to make their necks longer? Does it work?

NinaLaZina said...

PS - i live the images you have used on your blog. absolutely beautiful.

Janet Toney said...

ma thet zin,
I don't know how you frond my blog, but very happy you did and that I've come to yours. Quite interesting! Beautiful photos and very educational for many I'm sure. It is for me.
Thank you for the connection.

Doris Plaster said...

I love your blog! Very refreshing, and interesting. Thanks for visiting and following mine.

Have a great day!


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cool ya this is truely a hard work

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Aunt of 14 said...

Do they get to remove the coils once they marry?

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