Photographer's Note

Padaung Women

Various origins of the custom are cited, ranging from protection against tiger attacks to symbols of wealth and status. One myth tells of a beautiful dragon with a long neck that was impregnated by the wind to produce the first Padaung people...

Traditionally, only Padaung girls born on a Wednesday of a full moon were destined to have their necks fitted with the coils.

This beautiful girl lives in Huay Ma Khen Som Village. There’s more portraits of Padaung women here, here and here.

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Additional Photos by Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1391 W: 152 N: 6235] (31566)
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