2 May, 2012 20:59

I was reading about dragons in Chinese mythology and Wikipedia says that  “In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang (Chinese phoenix)”.  So it sprung to mind a documentary I have seen years ago about women wearing neck rings in some cultures in order their neck to be stretched and to look like dragons. So she is the dragon woman and her complementary is the phoenix or in other words how we alter ourselves in order to satisfy or enchant our mate (omg.. this illustration has so many levels  :p). Prints available on my society6 profile.

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4 responses

  1. Yes, I think as well that tourists have a big influence on this tradition…Agnès

    7 May 2012 at 12:41

  2. The women in question are not always prettier because of the rings, sometimes they are even forced to wear them, by their husband for instance, to make them look unattractive for other men.. Some women died beacause of the impact the rings had on their body… this is a very interesting subject and you made a very impressive piece of Art of it… I’ve put your work on the site “La-Page-d’Agnès” with a link to yours.. I hope you like it….Agnès

    Here’s the link:http://lapagedagnes.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/kunst-nekringen-en-een-draak/

    6 May 2012 at 17:51

    • ninthestars

      I also read on wikipedia that “tourism is often blamed for encouraging the use of neck rings, as they are a popular attraction for tourists”. Thanx a lot for the feature. Great blog you have! (Although it’s in Dutch and I can’t read it :p).

      6 May 2012 at 21:14

  3. magnificent draw…i think the women that wear these rings, in their tradition is also to look “pretty”.

    the longer neck they have the “prettier” they are…

    you can see these women in few African and as you said Asian countries.

    2 May 2012 at 21:05

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