Weird flex, but ok. I suppose that could explain the shape, but it certainly begs the question: Why?Artificial cranial deformation or modification, head flattening, or head binding is a form of body alteration in which the skull of a human being is deformed intentionally. It is done by distorting the normal growth of a child's skull by applying force. Flat shapes, elongated ones (produced by binding between two pieces of wood), rounded ones (binding in cloth), and conical ones are among those chosen. Typically, it is carried out on an infant, as the skull is most pliable at this time. In a typical case, headbinding begins approximately a month after birth and continues for about six months.
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It's well known, huh? Academics are debating the motivation? Guess we're going back to Wiki, then.We found no credible academic sources or publications corroborating the claim that DNA taken from the skulls found at Paracas was not human in origin or abnormal enough to warrant further study. The practice of purposely elongating skulls is well known to anthropologists, and while academics may debate the motivation certain societies had for doing it, there is no scientific debate over whether those societies were human.
Ah, the old "we don't know what it is so they obviously used it as a status symbol" card. So, let's follow the source.One modern theory is cranial deformation was likely performed to signify group affiliation, or to demonstrate social status. Such motivations may have played a key role in Maya society, aimed at creating a skull shape that is aesthetically more pleasing or associated with desirable attributes.
I guess I'm going to have to take their word for it, since they don't provide any sources on the Malakulan. Also a strange quirk about this "source" I found on Wiki - they use their own paper as a source for a claim...in the same paper. It's been a few years since I've been in the academic world so maybe I forgot how to read bibliographies, but I digress.It could be aimed at creating a skull shape which is aesthetically more pleasing or associated with desirable attributes. For example, in the Nahai-speaking area of Tomman Island and the south south-western Malakulan, a person with an elongated head is thought to be more intelligent, of higher status, and closer to the world of the spirits
When it comes to these mainstream sources, reading between the lines can usually result in some interesting insights. For example: what sticks out to you here?
Let's assume for a second that this poorly sourced collection of cultures who elongated skulls is true - - this practically seems like a global phenomenon. Is there any area of the world that is left out? So, if the theory is true that long skulls signified intelligence and connection to the spirit world, then there must be some sort of global archetype that most old cultures emanate related to a long skull.
- The earliest suggested examples were once thought to include the Proto-Neolithic Homo sapiens component (ninth millennium BC) from Shanidar Cave in Iraq, and Neolithic peoples in Southwest Asia
- The earliest written record of cranial deformation - by Hippocrates, of the Macrocephali or Long-heads, who were named for their practice of cranial modification
- In the Old World, Huns also are known to have practised similar cranial deformation
- In Late Antiquity (AD 300–600), the East Germanic tribes who were ruled by the Huns, the Gepids, Ostrogoths, Heruli, Rugii, and Burgundians adopted this custom
- The practice of cranial deformation was brought to Bactria and Sogdiana by the tribes who created the Kushan Empire
- In the Americas, the Maya, Inca, and certain tribes of North American natives performed the custom.
- In North America the practice was known, especially among the Chinookan tribes of the Northwest and the Choctaw of the Southeast.
- The practice of cranial deformation was also practiced by the Lucayan people of the Bahamas
- and it was also known among the Aboriginal Australians
- In Africa, the Mangbetu stood out to European explorers because of their elongated heads
- Friedrich Ratzel reported in 1896 that deformation of the skull, both by flattening it behind and elongating it toward the vertex, was found in isolated instances in Tahiti, Samoa, Hawaii, and the Paumotu group, and that it occurred most frequently on Mallicollo in the New Hebrides (today Malakula, Vanuatu)
- In the region of Toulouse (France), these cranial deformations persisted sporadically up until the early twentieth century; however, rather than being intentionally produced as with some earlier European cultures, Toulousian Deformation seemed to have been the unwanted result of an ancient medical practice among the French peasantry known as bandeau, in which a baby's head was tightly wrapped and padded in order to protect it from impact and accident shortly after birth.
Does this not imply that there was a previous race or bloodline of spiritual, intelligent humans/entities that created this global archetype?
Look at the big brain on Brien...Brien Foerester is one of the leading researchers that covers this topic extensively. If you have an hour or two to dedicate to it - he was on a recent episode of The Higherside Chats that is definitely worth checking out. I highly recommend listening to it first, as I'm only really dipping my toes into it in this post.
I will start by saying that Brien does not dismiss the practice of skull elongation in other cultures, more importantly he makes a distinction that a small percentage of the elongated skulls they find are not results of purposeful elongation. DNA tests were performed on the skulls found in Paracas in South America.
This pretty much invalidates the "mainstream" theory that this phenomenon is not natural, as the skulls that have undergone purposeful elongation still had the same weight and volume of a normal human skull. Moreover, these skulls have features that are completely unique compared to a human skull:Some of their initial DNA analysis revealed that the elongation was not just caused by artificial cranial deformation, but rather by genetics with some of the elongated skulls cranial volume being up to 25% larger and 60% percent heavier than conventional human skulls. This means that they could not have been intentionally deformed through head binding or flattening, as cranial deformation can change the shape but does not alter the volume or weight of a skull.
every human jaw has a small hole on either side which is for nerves and blood vessels to exit and feed the tissue there; these 2 holes at the back of the skull may perform the same function for the elongated skull...
...The other factor is that there is only one parietal plate, where there should be 2.
Moreover, here is a statement from Foerester himself back in February:
Pretty sure we can pull out a few stolen history nuggets from his statement. DNA traces from areas close to civilizations like Tartary, with red hair and lived in subterranean underground houses. Its a veritable bingo board of SH material!“The DNA results actually were incredibly complicated… It’s gonna take me some time to actually figure out what the results mean. What it does show for sure is that the Paracas elongated skull people were not 100% Native American. They were a mix or even you could say, in some ways, a hybrid of different people. Their blood types are very complicated as well, they should be blood type “O” if they’re 100% Native American and that’s not the case. We are likely looking at a sub-species of humanity as regards to the Paracas… Seems to be a lot of DNA evidence from extreme eastern Europe and extreme western Asia. More specifically I’m talking about the area in between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea where ancient elongated skull people lived I think about 3000 years ago. So I think we are looking at a migration pattern starting in the Caspian Black Sea area and then entering through the Persian Gulf and then moving eastwards eventually winding up on the coast of Peru. So that’s the hypothesis Im developing now...
...We had 3 medical experts with us – Dr Malcom Warren (Chiropractor), Rick Woodward (Anthropologist) and Dr Michael Alday (Medical Doctor) and all 3 of them stated quiet emphatically that because of the abnormalities found with some of the Elongated Skulls from the Chongos cemetery in Peru they have no other choice but to state that some of these ancient Paracas were a sub-species of humanity… it had to be genetic, they had to be born with these abnormalities. They had dark red hair… the royal Paracas were the ones with elongated heads, not the common people… the royal family of the Paracas, they lived in subterranean underground houses and I think the reason for that is that they had light-colored skin, probably sensitive eyes because of the extreme sunshine…”
If I can be frank, I think the alien/Nephilim connection as its portrayed online is more or less complete disinfo. I think it is disinfo specifically designed to let websites like Snopes and Wiki call this a conspiracy theory and pseudoscience. Note how the takedown of this theory has little to do with the actual research being done on the skulls - - only that they are in no way these aliens/angels that shows like Ancient Aliens loves to talk about.
Moreover, searching "elongated skulls nephilim" will bring you lovely articles from Alex Jones, our friendly neighborhood limited hangout. You can also find many apocalyptic Christian sites using these skulls to further their own agendas.
Maybe I'm being a little too harsh and dismissive of this side of the argument. If anyone feels that there is more meat on these bones, please chime in.
My Two CentsThere are a small percentage of these discovered skulls that are not Homo Sapien Sapien. This species is tangentially related to the Global Civilization talked about on this forum. It is possible that they possessed special traits or a close connection to nature in a way we do not understand. It is also possible that this species attempted to keep its bloodline intact, and were revered and worshiped by their respective civilizations. This reverence led to the elongating of baby skulls to emulate this species. Eventually, through global cataclysms or social upheaval this line was more or less eliminated from history. Did this species put their big brains to use to create all the lost technology we find on here, like boring machines and wireless electricity?
Let's talk about it.