This is unbelievable! The end result is so … off-putting.
You may have never heard of the Padaung women of Africa and Asia, but there are still tribes of these proud women living in refugee camps across the sea. These women have been run out of their homes for strongly believing in the ritual of neck rings, coiled metal placed around a woman's neck at an early age. Though at first it might seem merely like decoration, the ritual is continued throughout the woman's life so that by the time she is an adult, her neck has been elongated a considerable amount. Though there have yet to be any proven health concerns with the practice, the imagery is really quite jarring and the process itself is rather painful.
Check out the video (above) to see a few girls who have just received their coils - and some who have had them for over 20 years!
It's really something to see!
Tags: africa, health, neck stretching, ouch, tradition, women