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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

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