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    The Kayan Lahwi or Padaung or Long Necked Karen are a subgroup of the Kayan, a mix of Lawi tribe , Kayan tribe and several other tribes. Kayan are a subgroup Red Karen (Karenni) people, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Burma (Myanmar). The Kayan consists of the following groups: Kayan Lahwi Kayan Ka Khaung (Gekho), Kayan Lahta, Kayan Ka Ngan. Kayan Gebar, Kayan Kakhi and, sometimes, Kayaw.

    Padaung (Yan Pa Doung) is a Shan term for the Kayan Lahwi (the group whose women wear the brass neck coils). The Kayan resident in Mae Hong Son Province in Northern Thailand refer to themselves as Kayan and object to being called Padaung. In The Hardy Padaungs (1967) Khin Maung Nyunt, one of the first authors to use the term "Kayan", says that the Padaung prefer to be called Kayan.On the other hand, Pascal Khoo Thwe calls his people Padaung in his 2002 memoir, From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey.

    In the late 1980s and early 1990s due to conflict with the military regime in Burma, many Kayan tribes fled to the Thai border area. The Thai government has granted them refugee status, but they are allowed to live only in certain areas. Villages displaying Padaung women with brass neck coils for tourist dollars appeared.

    According to U Aung Roe (1993:21ss) Kayan number about 40,000 in Shan State (around the Pekon Township area) and 20,000 in Kayah State (around Demawso and Loikaw). A 2004 estimate puts the population at approximately 130,000[4]. About 600 Kayan reside in the three villages open to tourists in Mae Hong Son, or in the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp.

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    1. Z.Image 50 months ago | reply

      please ,join my group
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    2. edithbruck 50 months ago | reply

      She is so, so beautiful!!!!...lovely!

    3. Gonzalo Déniz 50 months ago | reply

      great shot, i like this!

    4. P.Medina 50 months ago | reply

      Una foto encantadora.
      Gracias por compartir.
      Que pases una feliz semana.

    5. helena.vanova 50 months ago | reply

      ---Your beautiful image was seen in:
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      Thank you for sharing / obrigado compartilhando!

    6. ichauvel 50 months ago | reply

      Gracias por compartirla/Thanks for sharing FOLKCLORE

    7. oןɹɐɔcarlo 50 months ago | reply

      Esta es una fotografia de mucha Qualidad!
      Hay sido encuentrada en lo grupo.
      This High Quality Photograph
      was discovered in the Group

      Parabens! Congrats!

    8. xavo_rob 50 months ago | reply

      Gracias por compartirla/Thanks for sharing FOLKCLORE

    9. essentialyoga 50 months ago | reply

      Amazing photograph!

    10. mollienme 50 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot!!

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    12. Haabet 50 months ago | reply

      she is similar to "Daw Mu Yoe" from "Daw Kay" village: Inle Lake, Burma.

    13. 49 months ago | reply

      Dear Rudi Roels,

      You are the 8th winner of the
      4th year ONE PHOTO weekly contest!
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    14. RURO photography 49 months ago | reply


    15. Tuppence 2009 49 months ago | reply

      Congratulations, this portrait is a worthy winner.

    16. orchid14 43 months ago | reply

      Rudi, I finished the painting of the little girl from Naggaland. I'm going to attempt Long Necked Karen neck next. I will try to post the finished one so that you can see it.

    17. RURO photography 43 months ago | reply

      Ok, thanks for the update...

    18. orchid14 42 months ago | reply

      This is number 3 . you have seen 1 and 2.

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