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Comment by Prodigal Son on October 7, 2010 at 7:49pm
"We elongate the heads of our children because it is our tradition and it originates with the basic spiritual beliefs of our people. We also see that those with elongated heads are more handsome or beautiful, and such long heads also indicate wisdom." - from the site

It is very interesting that this continues to this day to be a tradition which has spiritual ties and one which is attached to an idea of beauty. there are many remains of skulls shaped like this that were never bound, but were naturally this way. people all over the world have recognized this look as being one which pertains to royalty or deity. "Nephilim: A History That Can't Be Ignored" shows some of these skulls and discusses the tradition of head shaping as well.

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Comment by Bean on January 24, 2011 at 10:34am

"In the Normandy region it was customary to bind a child's head with at least two coiffures (headresses) and a piece of canvas to tightly compress the skull."

in the 'arts of life' section of Anthropology, Edward Tylor remarks "Relics of such barbarism linger on in the midst of civilization, and not long ago a French physician surprised the world by the fact that nurses in Normandy were still giving the children's heads a sugar-loaf shape by bandages and a tight cap, while in Brittany they preferred to press it round. No doubt they are doing so to this day." (p.241)

..later, according to Prof. Anders Retzius in the 1859 'annual report of the board of regents of the smithsonian institution', the norman custom was still being practiced in the south of France..

 


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Comment by Bean on January 27, 2011 at 2:32pm

 

1700s styled French society high forehead wig..

wearing absurdly heavy wigs.. flattening foreheads.. elongating skulls.. all that work by people made in the Creator's image to end up looking like people who were made in the Enemy's image.


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Comment by Prodigal Son on March 30, 2011 at 4:48pm

It may be assumed widely that there is no reference to the custom of head shaping in scripture, but i would like to point out this section in Leviticus. Among a short list of things Israel was not to do, which were understood to be the customs of pagan nations, there is a mention of "rounding the corners" of the head. Perhaps not a topic which receives much thought when reading this section, most might conclude this has something to do with a hairstyle. The hair is never mentioned, but the head is particularly:

 

Ye shall not eat [any thing] with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I [am] the LORD. - Lev 19:26-28

 

the word from which "round" was translated is:

 

round - naqaph - to strike with violence, to knock together, ie. surround or circulate, compass about, destroy, go round, inclose.

 

which brings to mind the custom of forcefully shaping the head by means of a device which encloses it.

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Comment by Bean on March 31, 2011 at 12:53pm

oh Snap..'Ye shall not round the corners of your heads'.. that makes all kinds of sense..

Comment by Seeker on April 1, 2011 at 7:16am
oh wow!  great insight!  thanks for sharing!

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