While we are on the subject of differences, this article came up.
They said the deformation of human skulls was part of an ancient ritual that took place 1,000 years ago. The deformation was achieved by binding a person’s head between two blocks of wood to apply pressure on the skull by wrapping the wood with bands.
“Cranial deformation has been used by different societies in the world as a ritual practice, or for distinction of status within a group or to distinguish between social groups,” Moreno told ABC News. “The reason why these individuals at El Cementerio deformed their skulls is still unknown.”
Moreno told ABC that people deformed their heads in Mexico because they wanted to distinguish important people, or they wanted to distinguish people from one group from another.
I have been thinking of the total unpredictability of social change lately; feminism and gay rights were wholly unpredictable from my perspective growing up in the 1950s and 60s. Tattooing is an inexplicable eruption of social change. Is skull binding the next weirdness to erupt in western society? Stay tuned. Everything will happen, eventually. It already has.