What You Didn’t Know About the Practice of Neck Elongation

By | August 8, 2019

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A Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked Kayan) woman with neck rings. Source: (gettyimages.com)

Human beings, it seems, have always practiced some sort of body modification or another. Piercings, tattoos, foot binding, and skull flattening are practices found around the world. One of the oldest known forms of body modification is using neck rings to elongate the neck. Let's look at some of the myths and facts about neck elongation.

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Neck elongation is an ancient practice. Source: (atlasofhumanity.com)

Ancient Origins

Neck rings have been used by cultures in Africa and Asia for thousands of years. In fact, anthropologists have definitively traced the practice back to the 11th century in parts of Asia, but it appears to be much older. It was commonly practiced among groups in Africa, Asia, and India.