Fascinating Facts About The Mayan Civilization

They Did Extreme Body Modifications

7. They Did Extreme Body Modifications

Several prehistoric cultures are known to artificially modify their body parts, and Mayans used to do a bizarre version of the same. They used to go to extreme lengths to flatten the shape fo their heads, a process called cranial deformation. According to Mayans, a flattened head was considered nobler and aesthetically pleasing to the Gods!

As a result, they used to compress their heads with bindings and pads over the years to get the flattened appearance. Mayan babies also had special cradles that used to flatten their heads from a very young age, when the skull is softer and easier to reshape. 
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