Trapped in Their Own Rings: Padaung Women and Their Fight for Traditional Freedom

Jessica Theurer
2014 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GENDER & WOMEN S STUDIES  
__________________________________________________________________ The Burmese, Padaung tribe, are known internationally for their long brass rings that collapse their collarbones, creating the illusion of an elongated neck. The tribe has been persecuted for generations, but since they have relocated to Thailand as refugees, they are trapped in their tourism-driven camps. The women now have a decision to make: take off their neck rings so they can relocate, or stay true to their tradition, and
more » ... eir tradition, and provide for their families through tourism. The Thai village officials have refused medical care, education, rightful wages, and technology to keep the camps as primitive as possible for the tourists.
doi:10.15640/ijgws.v2n4a3 fatcat:36dobbixtvadfn5lzvuv65nwq4