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16 Most Extreme Cultural Body Modifications In The World

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March 9th, 2017   |   Updated on April 4th, 2023

Body Modification is the word with weirdest term with scary implications for those who have no personal interest in the subject. In the simple terms, “Body Modification” means to intentionally alter one’s physical appearance. It is assumed that it applies only to piercing and tattooing. But the term has much huge implication then just tattooing and piercing.

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With examples from around the world, Here are some of the most extreme forms of body modification in the history of man.

1. Women from the Kayan Lahwi tribe in Myanmar start adding brass coils to their necks from the age of five, the weight of which pushes the collar bone down and compresses the rib cage to give the illusion of longer necks

Kayan Lahwi

2. A woman from the African tribe of Mursi in Omo Valley, Ethiopia, displays her lip plate


3. A woman in 2008 from a Baka tribe of pygmies in the Dzanga-Sangha Forest Reserve, Central African Republic.

Dzanga-Sangha Forest

4. In Indonesia’s Dani Village, New Guinea, some women like this one cut off the tips of their fingers when a relative dies

Dani Village
5. Dennis Avner, also known as the Stalking Cat, was a Nevada man famed for his extreme body modifications who died in 2012 at the age of 54.

extreme body modifications

6. A worshipper at the 2012 Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand, where men and women prove their religious devotion by taking part in ritualistic self-mutilation and pain trials

7. This Mursi woman, pictured with her infant, is not wearing her lip plate but the gaping hole remains.

Mursi woman

8. Another woman from the Mursi tribe wearing a lip plate and a set of cow horns atop her head. The more decorative her appearance, the higher her standing is

Mursi tribe
9. A young woman in South Omo, Ethiopia, with similar scars on her arm


10. A member of the Bagobo people from coastal Mindanao in the Philippines displays filed teeth in a photo taken circa 1910

Bagobo people
11. A man from the Abyei region of Sudan with scars inflicted on his forehead

Abyei region

12. Argentinian Victor Peralta, who has 90 percent of his body tattooed, displaying his split tongue

Argentinian Victor Peralta
13. Women of the Apatani tribe in Arunachal Pradesh, India, traditionally wore these nose plugs to make themselves look less attractive,

Women of the Apatani tribe

14. A self-proclaimed ‘god woman’ with a spear piercing her tongue participating in the Pooram Festival in Kerala, India

15. An African woman with stretched earlobes and a chunky lip piercing

African woman

16. The tattooed face of a former Longwa Village headhunter in India’s Nagaland.

tattooed face, extreme body modifications

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