The Mangbetu tribe of the Democratic republic of congo ensures that their children develop this desired shape of head as they grow up.
Women in this community wrap their babies heads with tight cloths at birth.
The tradition, which is locally referred to as Lipombo, begins exactly a month after birth and continues for several years until the child acquires the preferred shape of the head.
The tribe considers the skull deformation as a sign of higher intelligence and a status symbol among the ruling class.
While some people are opposed to this practice, fearing that it might affect a child’s brain development, experts have ruled out such possibilities, insisting that the brain is capable of adapting and developing into any shape of the skull.
They say the brain, being an elastic organ, can grow or expand into the desired shape without any form of damage or deformity.