As we learned in class, the Olmecs practiced body modification in which they used boards or ropes to flatten their skulls. The result was an oblong skull. Archaeologists believe the Olmecs did this to appear more like the way they believed their gods looked. Body modification is practiced today in many different cultures in the form of tattoos, piercings, and more. The Aztecs, Incas, Mound Builders, and Mayans also participated in various forms of alterations to their appearance.
What are your thoughts about these cultures and their practices? Post your comments below. Research the topics your classmates raise and post your replies. I will moderate/answer as many questions as I can.