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

By Karen Harris
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.