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One must be willing to suffer for beauty – or at least that’s what the Mayans said to their infant children. Strabismus, or crossed eyes, was highly desired, both for its good looks and in honour of the Sun god Kinich Ahau. He was depicted as crosseyed, and having a single incisor in the upper row of his teeth.
To get the effect, mothers hung little objects in front of their babies’ faces for them to stare at constantly. And it was not the only body modification – boards would be strapped to an infant’s head in the hope of elongating the skull, a popular status symbol.
MIRRORS TO THE SOL ‘Kinich’ is assumed to mean ‘sun-eyed’ and was used as an honorific title for Mayan rulers