Introduction of Padaung
The Kayan are a group of the Karenni people, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Myanmar (Burma). They are also known as Padaung (Burmese: ပဒောင္‌လူမ္ယုိး. In the 1990s, due to conflict with the military regime in Burma, many Kayan tribespeople fled into neighbouring Thailand. There they live with an uncertain legal status in the border area, in villages set up to display them to tourists willing to pay to admire their particular body modification, which consists of coiling lengths of brass around the necks of the women. There are around 7,000 members of the Kayan tribe.
An unrelated tribe in central Borneo are also called the Kayan, similar to, and neighbors of, the Kenyah tribe. They are part of a larger grouping of people referred to collectively as the orang ulu, or upriver people. They are known for being fierce warriors, former headhunters, adept in dry-rice cultivation, and having extensive tattoos and stretched earlobes amongst both sexes.