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7 Extreme Beauty Trends From Mayan Culture

Today I have discovered similarities between extreme beauty procedures from Mayan culture and present procedures. Although they are not exactly the same, I invite you to find out which ones are inspired by the Mayans and which ones are left in the past.

Mayan tattoosGetting a tattoo in the Mayan era was a painful experience that not many dared to do. This procedure consisted of carving into the skin, giving the tattoo a 3D look. Actually, getting a tattoo was a symbol of bravery and gave a more beautiful look to those who chose to get one.

Jewelry on the teethActually, shimmering teeth were not a usual thing. Mayan people used to go to the dentist to place carved stone inlays in their front teeth. You can imagine turquoise, hematite, quartz, and jadeite inlays incrusted in your teeth. Although, it was an ancient practice we can still see it as a trend in a similar form on many rappers who use Gold.

Extravagant hair accessoriesEvery great culture needs its crown and Mayans expressed their artistic skills in the crafting of headdresses. These were typically made in the shape of the popular animals of their culture, using colorful feathers and precious stones like jade.

Cranial deformationThe long, flat heads were believed to be attractive as they resembled those of their deities. In order to achieve this kind of look, parents used to flatten the soft skulls of their newborn babies by attaching 2 wooden boards to their heads.

Crossed eyesTrue beauty is said to be based on the eyes, and the Mayans had a peculiar translation of this saying. They considered crossed eyes to be a symbol of beauty. Parents achieved this feature by hanging a small toy between their toddler’s eyes. The child would look at it and, over time, their eyes would grow to be permanently crossed.

Facial piercingsPiercings is another popular accessories in modern culture and were once popular in Mayan culture as well. Just like today, the most common body part to pierce was the ears, followed by the nose and lips. For the Mayans, wearing piercings symbolized honor to their gods, in addition to highlighting their beauty

Artificial nose bridgeNose jobs were another form of beauty in Mayan times. The main difference is that instead of looking to get a turned-up tip, they preferred beaked noses just like their gods. For those who weren’t born with a curved nose, they used artificial bridges made of clay to simulate a naturally beaked nose.

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