Photo of the long-necked Karen tribe from Andrew Blagosklonova.
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He lives in the mountains of northern Thailand's long-necked Karen tribe. It is known that the women of the tribe to the age of five are starting to wear around his neck a special ring in the future for almost all life on a regular basis to increase the height of this unusual "neck band". By adulthood their necks are the longest in the world (over 20 cm) and are considered by local standard of beauty.
About strange "people-giraffe" I read for the first time while still a Soviet schoolchildren, and well remember dreaming about travel to Wonderland, deliciously stared at the black-and-white book illustrations.
Naturally, the opportunity to go and live to see the long-necked people, I gladly took advantage of.
Before writing about themselves, tell how they live.
Where did they all come from in Thailand?
Karen - a group of peoples who lived for centuries in the south and southeast of Burma (aka Myanmar). Karen from Burma and penetrated into Thailand, fleeing the military junta and disorderly poverty. Thai authorities have allocated a place in the north of the country, where thousands of members of settled ethnic Karen and its many offshoots. Women are one of these branches, peoples' padung "(do they call themselves" Kayan "), due to their long necks quickly became a huge hit northern Thailand tourism.
Karen village that show travelers - is, of course, a tourist attraction. Here, everything is clean and Potemkin significant. Already on the approach starts a sort of Thai pastoral.