Photos of Vietnam tribe women with gold teeth.
The healthy teeth covered with gold indicate that the woman is married. It's the equivalent of a wedding ring.
It's convenient: as soon as the woman or teenage girl smiles, you know if she is single or not!
Girls from ethnic minorities (i.e. tribes) marry at about 14 or 15 years of age.
Photos from of my 30-day trip around Vietnam in November 2005.
You can also check these smaller selections of photos on selected subjects:
- Tribe people of Vietnam: A selection of my best photos of Tribe people from Northern Vietnam.
- Markets of Vietnam.
- Tiết canh (raw blood soup).
- Road construction in Vietnam.
- Spaying a piglet.