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Weird And Wonderful Tribal Body Art Traditions From Around The World

The Padaung or Long Neck Tribe
The Padaung or Long Neck Tribe | Source

The Padaung Tribe

Giraffe Tribe Woman
Giraffe Tribe Woman | Source

The Padaung are a sub-tribe that is part of the Red Karen tribe. They are indigenous to Burma but also live on the Tibet - Burma border. They are most famous for their neck rings which are placed on the woman when she is a child. The tribe is known by many different names but the most recognisable are the Long Neck Tribe or the Giraffe Tribe.

Not all of the Karen tribe use neck rings as part of their tradition.

The neck rings are made from brass and are added each year the child grows. An adult woman can wear as many as 25 rings around her neck.

There is a myth about how long the neck will stretch as the rings are applied. In fact, the neck itself does not stretch, its just a visual illusion.

The reason for wearing the rings is a bit of a mystery, but when asked, the women told that it was because they didn't want Tigers biting them! Others have said that it makes them look attractive for their husbands.

The downside of wearing the rings is that over time their neck muscles become weak, and this is used as a form of punishment for adultery. Once the rings are taken off, the woman's neck is so weak that she has to lie down for the rest of her life. Not surprising then that the divorce and adultery rates are very low in the tribe.

Other members of the Karen tribes wear large earrings that are made to make the ears look big and heavy. But it's the neck rings that make the Padaung tribe famous.

The Apatani People

Apatani Tribal
Apatani Tribal | Source

The Apatani are a tribe of people who live in the Ziro Valley which is in the lower Subansiri or district of Arunachal Pradesh in India. There are over 26,000 of the tribe living in the valley and across the country. Their language is Tibetan and is called Sino-Tibetan, also known as, Tani. They have no written history, so their stories and lifestyle are passed down from generation to generation.

Body modification is an ancient art form, and many tribes around the world have practised these strange and sometimes bizarre form of body art for centuries. To us, they look strange and unfamiliar, but to them its part of their tradition and holds many parts of their tribe together, as time passes and the world begins to intrude on their lives.

In the Apatani tribe, women wear nose plugs. This is an ancient tradition, but these days you will only see the elder women of the tribe wearing them as the art has died out ever since the 1970s.

The story goes that the women were said to be the most beautiful in all the land, and were constantly being bombarded by other tribes trying to steal their women. So they came up with the idea of the nose plugs to try and make themselves unattractive.

There is definitely a pattern between tribes of the world with this in mind. Along with the Apatani, the Long Neck women above also said this was part of the reason why they added the neck rings. The nose rings are known as yaping hurlo and are made from local wood, though when researching this I couldn't find the exact method or wood that they used. It's possible that some of the nose plugs were made from bamboo. The women also tattoo their faces to complete the art.

Apatani Lady With Yaping Hurlo
Apatani Lady With Yaping Hurlo

African Mursi Tribe

Mursi Tribe Lip Plugs
Mursi Tribe Lip Plugs | Source

The Mursi tribe are an ethnic people who live in Southwestern Ethiopia. The area is close to the Sudan border. According to the national census of 2007, there are 7,500 Mursi. The area in which they live is surrounded by mountains and has one major river named the Omo. It is one of the most isolated regions in the whole country.

Their language is part of the Nilo-Saharan and is simply called the Mursi language.

Once again we see that the body modification art is commonly used only by the women of the tribe. In the case of the Mursi women, it was believed to stop slave traders from taking the women. But there are probably many other reasons too that have been lost over time.

The lip plate or plug is inserted into the top lip or lower lip through a hole that has been pierced. Over time, the plate is removed, and another one is inserted to make the hole bigger. This is said to be most painful to the women, and each time it is stretched it causes it to bleed. The actual term is labret, which means pierced lip ornaments.

The plate or plug is made out of clay or wood. Women place the plate in either the top lip or lower lip, depending on the region the tribe is from. It has been said that it is a form of status, the bigger the plate the more important the woman. The disturbing thing about it is that when the plate is put in the lower lip, the women has her two lower front teeth knocked out to accommodate the plate. Sometimes up to four teeth are taken out.

In the Mursi tribe, the tradition of lip piercing is usually undertaken a year before the marriage ceremony. To begin with, the bride to be's mother will pierce the hole with a knife and then a wooden peg is placed in the hole. Once this has healed, the peg is removed, and the first plate is inserted.

As you can see, many tribes around the world have lip piercings. In some parts of the Amazon, it is only the men who have their lips pierced and a plate inserted. The Suya tribesmen pierce their lower lip purely to make themselves more attractive. The women go for a more startling look with two plates.

Suya Indian Wearing a Lip Plate. This Is a Disappearing Art Form
Suya Indian Wearing a Lip Plate. This Is a Disappearing Art Form | Source

Suya Indian Washing Lip Disk

Wodaabe Fulani

Wodaabe-Fula People
Wodaabe-Fula People | Source

One of the most fascinating rituals that I have ever seen is the Gerewol Festival which takes place in the Fulani ethnic group who live in Southern Niger, but are also known to live as far away as Nigeria, Cameroon and the Western region of the Central African Republic. They are a nomadic tribe of cattle herders and traders.

There are said to be more than 45,000 tribesmen and women, and like other nomadic tribes, they do not have a written language. They speak Fula which is their dialect and pass down their traditions in dance music and art. The actual name, Wodaabe, is translated as 'People of the Taboo.'

Their marriage arrangements are somewhat different to other African tribes. The family is based on the man and women having an arranged marriage where the woman will then live with the man until she becomes pregnant with her first child. When this occurs, she returns home to her mother and stays there for the next three to four years.

At this time she will be regarded as a boofeydo which translates as 'someone who has committed an error.'

The husband will not be able to have any contact with her or the child within this time period. After this time she will be able to visit her husband but not take the child with her, and she is not permitted to live with him. This doesn't change until her mother has supplied all her marriage goods or dowry.

The Guerewol Annual Ritual Courtship Dance
The Guerewol Annual Ritual Courtship Dance

The Beauty of The Gerewol Festival

The Wodaabe are promiscuous and can have as many partners as they wish before they marry. This includes the women being able to choose partners for long or short term relationships, even changing them when she becomes tired of her partner.

At the end of September every year, the tribe holds one of the most beautiful and bizarre ceremonies. It's the end of the rainy season, and the Wodaabe tribes gather at several different locations to meet, trade at the salt market and meet men and women for relationships. One of the most famous of these places is the Toureg Festival.

These are the traditional locations where the tribes have met for hundreds of years. And this is where the young men change into the most colorful and amazing costumes. With feathers and makeup, jewelry and adornments they practise for what for them is the most important day of the year.

Like beautiful birds of prey, they dress up and practice the ritual dance which includes the main features that make them the most desirable. Rolling their eyes to show the white as much as possible, standing as tall as they can because height is important to the female, and showing their teeth to prove they are fit and healthy.

Wodaabe tribes then join in the week-long Gerewol that includes bartering over marriage and a series of contests and various skills that are judged by the young women of the tribe.

A Documentary Film by Sandrine Loncke

Gerewol Festival Footage

Tribal Art, Jewelry and Dance

The beauty of tribal art, dance and makeup is one of the most amazing things about the human spirit. The way we show our face to the world may not be your idea of conventional beauty, but it is beautiful in the eyes of the people around us.

To the tribes in all the different countries and on far away continents, beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder. Whether it be a neck ring, nose plug, a lip plate or multi-colored makeup, each and every one of them is unique and has a history that goes far back into the reaches of time and our primordial consciousness.

People around the world are beautiful.

© 2012 Nell Rose

Comments 111 comments

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That was absolutely fascinating! I learned so much from this; having taught history and geography I knew a little but man oh man you did a great job of research on this. Thanks for a great education! Totally enjoyed this one!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks billy! I am so glad you liked it, these tribal traditions absolutely fascinate me, I especially love the dancers, they are like colorful birds of prey, thanks so much, nell


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Wow, Nell. What a fascinating and interesting hub. And the photos are beautiful and outstanding. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder LOL Some of those photos were hard for me to look at, not because they are ugly, they are not, but because those lips and disks look so painful. I'm just as glad those practices are not in our culture. I don't think I could stand it.

Imagine making yourself look ugly so other tribes men wouldn't carry you off. That's a unique way of doing things. These tribes are so interesting and it always amazes me that the modern world has not barged into their culture. Thanks for an amazing article! Voted up!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks suzette, lol! yes those lip plates look downright dangerous! but I do understand why they did it if it was true about the other tribes kidnapping them, but I think maybe its just one of those traditions that carry on since the dawn of time. The one thing I did think when I was writing this was isn't it funny how different tribes from different parts of the world do the same thing? how did they know about the other ones doing it? thanks as always, nell


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Excellent Nell! Makes our chin labrets took positively pedestrian! As always, a reading pleasure! Love yaz, lily


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi lily, lol! thanks so much, and its nice to see you, nell


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Primative tribal cultures have always fascinated me. You really did some extensive research on this. I was intrigued all the way to the end and your choice of videos is wonderful as well. Wonderful pictures and great information, as always. Voted up and interesting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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securityproducts3 4 years ago

Wow, this is amazing! It's amazing what fascinating things happen on this World we live on. If those people saw us in New York they would probably think we were the odd ones too. Great Hub, Voted Up!


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

What is wonderful to some is weird to others, but I suppose understanding makes the difference. Thanks for contributing to our understanding of the many differences in what people accept as a part of life. Voted interesting!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Nell, fascinating hub - I know a lot of these things are down to tradition and culture but some look downright painful. The thought of taking all of those rings off and having to lie down for the rest of their lives ? Would anyone ever take them off? You've done an amazing job with the research, photos and videos - shared, voted up etc.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Awesome article, just awesome! I have heard so much about Mursi tribe people and despite of these people being our neighbors i have never seen them. I have watched one or two documentaries about the Tibetan, Padaug and i would really like to see them. Great article, voted up, awesome and shared.


jenubouka 4 years ago

Wow! What an educational and awesome read! The only thing I could think of when I saw the lip plugs was: How to they eat??? Very interesting culture for sure. I also saw a show on a tribe's women and men stretching their skulls too. Almost reminded me of an alien like formation.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi sgbrown, thanks for reading, I find different cultures so fascinating, and its the color that I like too, they always look amazing, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi security, lol! yes you are right there! what would they think of the padded jackets and baseball caps? thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi MsDora, nice to see you, and thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

HI Jools, yes I know what you mean, imagine taking them off? that must be so frightening for them, and those lip plates must be so heavy, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Nell....THIS hub is an incredibly great course in Native traditions that can blow one's mind in 3 seconds!

I cannot let my mind go in all the directions this has prompted.......For someone with my twisted mind, it's a virtual land mine for Saturday Night Live routines!

Precisely, who is it that stays up all hours of the night, thinking up these outrageous traditions........complete with REASON for it?

I can only imagine myself facing the Tribal Chief, talking myself out of being mutilated with these wonderful, decorative items. "Um, how bout we make a deal? I'll make MYSELF ugly and unattractive to other men.......trust me, I can do this......shave the head, wear thick glasses, bind the chest, walk funny, pick my nose.......OK buddy? Anything but the neck rungs, the lip plate and those oh-s0-sexy-nose plugs!! Really, we need to talk, big guy." UP+++


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi dwachira, I am so glad you liked it, I love all the different styles and artwork as well as their makeup and costumes, thanks for the share, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi jenubouka, I wondered that too! lol! those plates must get in the way of everything! yes I think I know what you mean about the skulls, I will have to go and take a look, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is a fascinating hub. I loved the tribal dance videos and the women were beautiful. In the first few tribes I understand why they tried to make the women unattractive to avoid being kidnapped, 9only the women had to go through the pain. The Lip picture looked so painful. I really enjoyed reading about all of these tribes as they are fascinating. Voted up, awesome and interesting.


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europewalker 4 years ago

Amazing and interesting hub Nell. The photos are beautiful and painful to view at the same time. I can't imagine having a lip plate, ouch! Well done :)


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Another fascinating Hub. You're always full of surprises Nell. I'm still wondering about those neck rings! That's some "illusion" if the neck is not actually stretched. I can get stretching lips and other soft parts of the body, but neck bones? oooooooh :( Still,it gets my vote for the most attractive body alteration on the page :)


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Nell. Absolutely incredible. I have seen similar before but never so many varieties as you have here. Your research is fantastic and the photographs do so much. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say. Voted up and all.

Graham.


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

A bit more picturesque than Morris Dancing; the images are interesting - sort of make Glastonbury concerts look everyday.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi effer! lol! oh how funny! I can just imagine you begging them not to do it! haha! yes just put on the thick glasses, the tatty dress and that will do it! thanks for the laugh, and glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Pamela, thanks so much for reading, the men in the videos were something weren't they? lol! glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi europe, thanks so much for reading, yes those lip plates look really painful and uncomfortable, especially as they have their teeth knocked out to put them in! nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Hilary, I thought the neck looked stretched but its said that the shoulder muscles go down so that it looks like it, but I did wonder! yes I totally agree, they look awesome, but don't want to have them! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi old albion, thanks so much, the long neck people have fascinated me for some time, and then of course those amazing male dancers who look like birds of paradise, I am in awe of them they look beautiful, thanks for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi alan, yes lol! glastonbury looks absolutely boring! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Oh my, people are so weird!

South Africa also have a 'Long Neck Tribe' - the Ndebele Tribe ~~~ http://www.7msport.com/news/newsdata/20100512/4634...

Of course, we don't see them doing this in our urban areas any more, but maybe still in their villages?

Very interesting hub, Nell! Voted up across the board :)


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Nell, you've got me confused! I had just about figured out that my Mother-in-law was a member of the Padaung Tribe. Her neck looked similar to that in the picture, but it was due to constant stretching to look out her front window to see what the neighbors were doing! Then, you threw in Apatani People. If you'd of seen her nose... Anyway, don't you think it somewhat suspicious that nose plugs were stopped about the same time cocaine became popular? Oh, and in the Wodaabe Fulani tribe... a smart man would hunt for a good looking girl with a very, very poor mother. By the time she'd come up with the dowry, the kid would be out of the house! Just some thoughts!

Great Hub! Joking aside it was very informative!


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Nell -- y0u certainly held my attention with this Hub as I read it once and then went back and read it again! Exceptional work, my dear -- congratulations! Had a goofy thought -- the tribes with the lip plates must not be big on kissing as they'd beat each other to death! Great Hub! Best/Sis


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks for the link Martie, I never knew that! amazing stuff, isn't it strange how different tribes around the world use similar adornments? thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Nell,

We humans have complicated our lives further by having such weird traditions that I was feeling awkward while reading this. This was an interesting hub, which also shows how women are mostly forced to follow such strange traditions. It sure is painful :(

many votes indeed and interesting and sharing it across


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Nell maybe I am of simple mind but the images disturbed me a little and quite frankly scared me.

Overall the article naturally was very well researched as always. :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi rcrumble, I nearly choked on my cuppa tea! haha! so funny! I had a mother in law like that! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Angela, lol! yes that's so true! never thought of that! thanks for making me laugh, and for reading my hub, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruchira, yes I do understand what you mean, and yes its definitely always the woman, saying that the Amazonian tribe do it too. I would love to know who came up with the idea! so painful, and uncomfortable, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Qudsia, I do understand, they can be a bit disturbing especially if you haven't seen them before, I have watched this sort of thing on tv lots of times so it was quite familiar, thanks for reading, and nice to see you!


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Up and awesome. I love the unusual, as well as customs all over the world. I was very impressed with this piece, and the knowledge gleaned. Great research, Nell!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

That is so bizarre but so beautiful at the same time! Very interesting as always!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very interesting Nell, but OMG the lip plate is a bit much. I would be on the first boat out of there. The neck rings, Lordy who wants to wear something that weakens the neck. I know this is a tradition, I know me.I would be the first woman to break this tradition. I had no idea of this still going on. I loved the information you gave, just feel sorry for the women. They need ' womans lib ' HaHa.. Cheers


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Fascinating information, Nell! The only tribe I had heard of before was the first one. Thank you for all the very interesting descriptions, and for the photos and videos of some strange (according to our traditions) body art forms.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I found this so fascinating and learned much from your post. I don't know how the women can function with those lip plates, seems so cruel. The photos are a great enhancement to the post. Well done!


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Great stuff Nell. The World is indeed a strange place. Some of these practices seem bizarre, but then cosmetic plastic surgery is pretty gross too.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This was fantastic and informative. Thanks for sharing this great hub. Learned quite a bit and enjoyed the pics and videos. Passing this on.


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Fascinating hub with fascinating/shocking pictures. It is interesting how can some tribes look body modifications like this beautiful, while they are shocking for the most of us.

Voted up+interesting!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks avian, really glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi tammy thanks so much for reading, yes the world is bizarre sometimes! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, lol! yes that lip plate must be so heavy! just the thought of it makes me go ouch! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Alicia they are so different and strange but awesome in their own way, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi teaches, yes those plates! lol! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi christopher, yes cosmetic surgery is just as as bad! never thought of that! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, nice to see you Gypsy, glad you liked it and thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi zsobig, thanks for reading, I am glad you liked it, nell


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. We life in beautiful world with various culture. Your hub has shown that we are not alone. I really appreciate them who have unique tradition. It makes the world looks so colorful. Good job, Nell. I love this hub. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!

Best wishes, Prasetio


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi pras, always nice to see you, yes the world is a colorful place and it makes it lovely, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Lightshare 4 years ago

Wouh! Thank you Nell for presenting a wonderful human world.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

The long necked tribe seem to be fascinating. You have showcased the tribe so very well and I have come to know so much more. I enjoyed reading, but the lip plate looks like sheer torture. I wonder how they bear such things. The rings around the neck are painful even to look at. Yes as you have stated, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Voted up, awesome and interesting.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

Nell,that is so educational. I voted up for sure. I am praying for the ladies that went through those things, in the past. I am also praying for the ladies,who are going through those things now. They need to end those things now so that no other ladies, have to deal with them at all. They know that they are wrong.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Lightshare, glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Vellur, yes the long neck tribe look amazing but it must be so uncomfortable for the ladies, as for the lip plates, well, less said the better! lol! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Integrity, yes I totally agree with you, thanks as always for reading, nell


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great job Nell. Enjoyed this hub and didn't know any of this. Voted up and shared.


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Hi moonlake, thanks so much for reading, nell


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Excellent hub, Nell, fascinating to read, and the visuals are haunting. Voted Up and Interesting.

I do find it very telling that most of these traditions were practiced on women rather than men, obviously in cultures where women were considered "property" of the men; therefore, pain wasn't a consideration--only the preservation of the man's "property."

It would be interesting to see what type of body modification traditions would be practiced in matriarchal societies where women wielded the power. Unfortunately, no true matriarchal societies exist.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Jaye, yes that's so true, all the time women are told what to do there will always be this sort of practice, that would be great to see, a matriarchal society! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Nell, this was outstanding! I wonder how they get those neck rings ON? I have seen young people in the US with nose plugs and ear plugs. We should write a Hub about them!

I voted this UP, etc.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

I had to vote up and beautiful on this Nell. How wonderful of a topic to choose, the writing is phenomenal (as always) and the pictures are breathtaking. You've also given my hub a few more hits (the Tocobaga hub listed in yours above!) LOL. Thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, yes I did wonder how they put them on in the first place, maybe they sealed them in some way? I agree with you a hub about the US teens with nose and ear plugs! at least we can see where they get the idea from! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi kitty, thanks so much, I am glad you liked it, it was something I was going to write for ages but kept forgetting or putting it off because of the research, and I am so glad your Tocobaga hub is doing so well! lol! thanks, nell


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting Nell. Wow, this was wild! Hard to believe that these arts are still practiced at this day and age. Those videos were crazy! I couldn't imagine anything on my body being stretched like that, gives me shivers. Fantastic article and interesting as it gets Nell!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Hello Nell, this is excellent hub.

I knew about the Padaung Tribe, but not others.

I'm sharing this socially.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Great Hub on a great topic. The photographs are cool. I had read about the Giraffe Tribe in my school days.

I have shared this Hub with my followers.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi lyric, thanks so much, yes I agree with you, I cannot imagine having one of those lip plates! how do you eat? especially having to have your teeth removed so that they fit! ouch! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Vinaya, thanks so much for the share, and I am glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi jainismus, thanks so much, I remember reading about them in school too! lol! thanks!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This was so interesting. Thanks so much for sharing all of this wonderful information!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow this hub is awesome.. the pictures are beautoful and so interesting.. You did a great job on this hub.. It is so good it could win Hub award. I know I would vote for it.

Blessings

Debbie


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi homestead, thanks for reading, I am glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Deborah, thanks so much! sorry it took so long to answer both of you, I am very behind! lol! I really am glad you liked it, thanks!


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travmaj 4 years ago from australia

This is a fascinating hub - and confronting - I try to imagine myself in neck rings! Ouch! The lip plates - I'd need to be on a diet! It is truly amazing, the pics and information spot on. Thank you.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi travmaj, thank you so much for reading, yes they are different, especially the neck rings and the lip plates! lol! and yes I would definitely be on a diet too! haha! thanks!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Nell,

This was a most fascinating description of cultural practices. Your writing style is captivating and draws the reader into the content.

I am always so mixed when I read about practices that are directed chiefly at women. I am deeply saddened for the physical pain and emotional oppression endured. I am similarly appreciative of our freedoms, praying I never take them for granted.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Maria, I totally agree with you, the poor women just go along with it without realising exactly what's going on I think, yes thank goodness we have the freedom to choose, thanks again, nell


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub! I enjoyed reading your hub from the start to the end. I honestly admit that I found these tribal customs weird but it do make these people unique in their own way. I was actually wondering that how they manage with ornaments that are too huge, many or heavy and I felt sorry for them. A well-researched hub with amazing photos! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Nell, This hub is amazing! I could never wear those rings around my neck...more power to them. I tweeted and shared this informative masterpiece!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi ishwaryaa, thanks so much! sorry it took so long to answer, I wasn't well yesterday. bad headache! glad you liked it and thanks!

Hi Linda, Aw thanks so much! I am glad you liked it, always great to see you, nell


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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

Oh it is so nice to be back where else would I read great work like this. Up up and away !!!!

Eddy.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

EDDY! lol! sorry got excited there! your back yeah! nice to see you!


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shara63 4 years ago from Delhi

Though already watched these fascinating stories of the tribes & their weired social and cultural beliefs on National Geographic & History Channels, going through them again on your hub with detailed informations and beautiful pictures is really a great experience..... your phenomenal writing is enjoyed thoroughly!......thankyou Nell!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi shara, thank you so much! I am glad you liked it, thanks for reading, nell


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thank you for this hub. I found it to be very interesting and beautiful. I loved seeing how other people live and what their traditions are. Voted up!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi jen, thanks so much for reading, and the votes, nell


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Nell,

Thanks for doing the research and writing the article about this fascinating topic.

My neck and face hurt just from looking at some of those photos.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Daisy, lol! yes I totally understand what you mean. Some of these must be so painful, thank you so much, nell


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Very fascinating. It's incredible to know that this kind of things really exist--they do exist. Arts and culture, some look scary and painful but all alive and colorful.

Great read. Up and interesting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Cris, glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, nel


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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

Another very interesting hub - this was so interesting to read and learn about!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Better, glad you liked it, nell


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WiccanSage 3 years ago

These are all so cool. I always wondered if those neck rings stretched the neck or weakened it or what. Love the videos, too, nice touch.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Wiccan, have a great new year!


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rumanasaiyed 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

Hello Nell Rose,

I was just shocked to see the pictures you have used for your hub!! Never seen such thing before.

Voted UP interesting and Shared


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks for reading rumanasaiyed.


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

I have seen a report in our telly about this tribe a few years ago. Very interesting Nell. Thanks for sharing this brilliant hub. Happy Mother´s Day to you!


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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England Author

HI Thelma, thanks so much for reading, our Mother's Day was back in March, but I hope you had a wonderful day!


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rebeccamealey 13 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Strange, and interesting! This makes all those weird piercings and tattoos around today look tame.


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Nell Rose 13 months ago from England Author

Yes it certainly does doesn't it? thanks Rebecca, glad you liked it, nell


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Fiona Jean Mckay 4 months ago from South Africa

This was really interesting - I enjoyed the way you explained about the reasons for the body modifications as well. Have you ever done any research into the Ndebele traditions in South Africa? The women traditionally wear brass rings on their legs but what I like best is the way they decorate their houses.


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Nell Rose 4 months ago from England Author

HI Fiona, no I was actually going to follow this up ages ago, but one thing lead to another, got sidetracked and so on, I will have to go and look, thanks! and thanks for reading, nell

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