Cranial deformation is as old as humankind. It is a fascinating practice that we think could make a comeback at some point in history, except for the whole deforming-babies-who-can’t-say-no thing.
It’s interesting to see what different cultures throughout history, and even some today, consider beautiful.
This African woman is actually quite statuesque.
This man, photographed in France, is an example of modern European cranium deformation.
Cranial deformation is not uncommon among many tribes in Africa. This mother is using a tightly-bound cloth to shape her baby’s skull.
This mother in Papua New Guinea is binding her child’s cranium to form her skull in a more “attractive” shape.
Anthropologists and archaeologists have uncovered many civilizations from throughout history that have engaged in cranial deformation for many different reasons.