Friday, November 11, 2011

Thailand: Northern Hill Tribes

The villages have a gate to let in good and keep out evil.

some baby chicks hopping around
Akha tribe

traditional dance of the Akha

Yao tribe

Lahu tribe

There were also some really cute puppies.

One of the most famous is the long neck Karen tribe. 

Legend claims that the brass rings protect the women from tiger bites.  But actually the practice of wearing them helps maintain individuality and tribal identity.  Rings worn on arms and legs may weigh a woman down with an additional 30 pounds of brass.  Since leg coils hamper walking, the women waddle.  Constrained from drinking in the usual head-back position, a ring wearer leans forward to sip through a straw.

long neck Karen village

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