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Tancama in Municipality of Jalpan de Serra, Querétaro, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

Corporal Deformation

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, July 14, 2018
1. Corporal Deformation Marker
Inscription.  
Deformación corporal
Los antiguos huastecos colocaban vendajes y entablillados en los cráneos de los niños pequeños para conseguir con el paso del tiempo cierta forma deseada a la cabeza. Lo que aunado a un limado de la dentadura, los convertía en una figura respetable y respetada en su comunidad, pues esto era un privilegio reservado a ciertos individuos.

El análisis de un entierro que se encontró en este lugar ha permitido obtener valiosa información de esta práctica, además de confirmar la alta jerarquía del individuo dentro del grupo, sirvió para conocer la filiación cultural de los constructores de Tancama, pues presentaba deformación craneana y mutilación dentaria catalogadas como típicamente huastecas. Las prácticas de deformación del cráneo y la mutilación dental pueden parecernos extrañas, sin embargo en la historia del ser humano las modificaciones corporales han sido constantes. En la búsqueda de la belleza y de la perfección corporal, las personas de diferentes culturas del mundo han cambiado su cuerpo. En la cultura occidental contemporánea, los tatuajes, las perforaciones, las cirugías plásticas y los
Corporal Deformation Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 14, 2018
2. Corporal Deformation Marker
The marker is at the base of Building No. 7 at the Tancama Archaeological Site.
tratamientos estéticos odontológicos se practican cotidianamente. Lo que nos hace preguntarnos: ¿Quién es el deforme?

Pie de dibujos:
Deformación craneana
Mutilación dentaria

English translation:
Corporal Deformation
The ancient Huastecans placed bandages and splints on the skulls of young children to achieve a desired shape over time. When combined with the filing of their teeth, this made them a respectable figure in their community, because this was a privilege reserved for only certain individuals.

The analysis of a burial found in this place has allowed us to obtain valuable information about this practice. In addition to confirming the high hierarchy of the individual within the group, it also served to know the cultural affiliation of the Tancama builders, since it presented cranial deformation and dental mutilation classified as typically Huastecan. The practices of deformation of the skull and dental mutilation may seem strange, however throughout human history corporal modifications have been constant. In the search for beauty and bodily perfection, people from different cultures of the world have changed their bodies. In Western contemporary culture, tattoos, perforations, plastic surgeries and aesthetic dental treatments are practiced daily. Which makes us wonder: Who is the deformed?

Captions:
Cranial deformation
Dental mutilation
 
Erected by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia y el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.
 
Location. 21° 9.603′ N, 99° 23.782′ W. Marker is in Tancama, Querétaro, in Municipality of Jalpan de Serra. Marker can be reached from Jalpan de Serra - Xijitla Highway (Route 120), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is at the base of the Building No. 7 at the Tancama Archaeological Site. Marker is in this post office area: Tancama, Querétaro 76347, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buildings for the Elite (a few steps from this marker); Plaza Santiago (within shouting distance of this marker); The Building of the Attached Room (within shouting distance of this marker); The Small Ballcourt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Copper Butterfly Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Four Huastecans (within shouting distance of this marker); Tancama (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Tribute to Benito Juárez (approx. 8.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tancama.
 
Categories. AnthropologyNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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