Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Long Neck Villagers in Thailand - Exploitation or Cultural Oddity?

A photo gallery tour of the Karen Tribe Long Neck village near Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. Close-up portraits of the villagers show the attractive shiny brass rings and colorful ethic costumes of the women and young girls appealing to tourists and visitors.

Neck ring wearers are confined to their village for life and cannot remove the rings once adorned. Is this unreasonable exploitation of tribal women or a genuine desire to maintain this cultural oddity?

Photo essays and stories of this visit are available upon request.

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