These women are called “long necks” or giraffe women" by Thais and outsiders, but call themselves Paedong.
Five brass rings are placed around the neck of little girls at age five.
As they grow older, the rings elongate the space, which they fill with more rings.
As adults, women can have 26 or 27 rings. The custom supposedly stems from attacks by tigers in ancient times.
Men were able to fight the tigers, but women had to protect themselves by covering with metal what the tigers attack first: their necks.