Tribal Ear Weights – the ancient practice of ear stretching is not a fad.
Ear stretching is not a fad. Throughout history, many cultures have practiced earlobe stretching as a sign of beauty and status. King Tut himself had stretched ear lobes as visualized in his burial mask.
The woman in the photograph above is a Native Iban woman showing the tribal tattooing and ear lobe stretching that is becoming less common today among the native tribes, but has exploded as a trend (to a lesser extreme) among the Western world..
The photo above is of a young Dayak girl from Borneo stretching her ear lobes. In times past, villages would have ceremonies and give title to the most beautiful woman of the village. A major requirement to having this prized title bestowed on a woman would be having the most extremely stretched ear lobes.
Many ear weights were artistic and beautiful, often representing creatures of their spiritual beliefs.
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~ by Terri Bergan on July 6, 2012.
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