Prehispanic Mexican Body Modification

Speaking of Mexico, another gringo expat down here in the body modification world is IAM:Gorilla (who makes the gorgeous glass jewelry that BMEshop stocks). Anyway, he’s down in Oaxaca and sent some photos of Olmec pottery such as these prehispanic clay ear spools:

Here you can see some being worn in a piece of sculpture:

And finally, a sculpture of a baby in a head-shaping cradle (the cradle puts pressure on the skull, shaping it and giving it a distinctive sloped appearance).

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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

2 thoughts on “Prehispanic Mexican Body Modification

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    Posted on 11-02-2005 15:42:53 by EziliGede
    Cranial shaping…fascinating. I wonder if this is still practiced??

    Posted on 11-02-2005 18:26:52 by glider
    Cranial shaping isn’t being practised any more anywhere as far as I know, although there are still people living with it.

    Posted on 11-02-2005 18:27:31 by Micrurus
    Cranial shaping was also very practiced still in Peru, in Lima in the Museum of Anthropology some skulls can be seen, but as far as I know it’s not practiced anymore (at least here in Peru).

    Posted on 11-02-2005 20:20:21 by glider
    Yes, some of the best skull shaping comes out of Peru… There are also regions of Africa that practised it until quite recently.

    Posted on 11-03-2005 18:10:15 by Sneezy
    they say that there are some tribes in the areas of the white nile or blue nile region of sudan that still practice this, i met a fellow that had his head shaped he was from the upper white nile region in sudan he was an older fellow

    Posted on 11-03-2005 18:12:13 by Sneezy
    Oh yeah i asked him how they did the head shaping, he told me that the family used twine or rope to bind the head when the kids are very v ery young and that they would tighten the binding every few weeks

    Posted on 12-08-2005 00:54:59 by Ryan
    I’d do it to my kids just to screw with em….I know I definately should be shot

  2. fucking gorilla glass jewelry ,. explointing kids in oaxaca !!!!!!! putos gringos!!!!!

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