People want to be seen as special, different from the mob.
And no doubt many all over the world found out that some people were born with a deformed head.
That is nothing but simple birth deformaties.
Hell, god(s) know, maybe an elongated head was something special, like having 12 fingers or green eyes or 4 arms.
Hi Abramelin, ya, maybe so.. maybe people were just imitating a birth defect .. I'm trying to think of other examples like that... but i can't. There are things like neck stretching or feet binding ... forcing a trait deemed desirable? hmm birth defect emulation huh? .. that would explain how it happened all over the place pre contact . But what's so great about a having a really long head? What made it worthy of emulation ?¿? Are birth defects ,sometimes, genetic variables which can be passed down? .. like the blue eye "mutation" ?
I'm just curious as to If cranial deformation developed independently in places/continents with no contact... or if it was an idea passed along somehow. It seems a much more unlikely idea and practice than hats or necklaces?
Swede, (bless his kind heart) said this :
"In addition, there are numerous variations in the details of cranial structure. In some groups, there are cranial bones that do not even exist in other groups. Wormian and inca bones would be examples. "
Which is very interesting in itself , no?
This looks like a mixture of 'defects' and artificial deformation?
A case of skulls from the Andean Paracas culture, as seen in the Museo Nacional de Arqueología Antropología e Historia del Perú in Lima, Peru.
( adding this .. after reading crystal sages last post)
Painting by Paul Kane, showing a Chinookan child in the process of having its head flattened, and an adult after the process.
Edited by lightly, 06 October 2010 - 01:17 AM.