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May 18, 2009—The glittering "grills" of some hip-hop stars aren't exactly unprecedented. Sophisticated dentistry allowed Native Americans to add bling to their teeth as far back as 2,500 years ago, a new study says.
Ancient peoples of southern North America went to "dentists"—among the earliest known—to beautify their chompers with notches, grooves, and semiprecious gems, according to a recent analysis of thousands of teeth examined from collections in Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (such as the skull above, found in Chiapas, Mexico).
Scientists don't know the origin of most of the teeth in the collections, which belonged to people living throughout the region, called Mesoamerica, before the Spanish conquests of the 1500s.
But it's clear that people—mostly men—from nearly all walks of life opted for the look, noted José Concepción Jiménez, an anthropologist at the institute, which recently announced the findings.
Originally posted by Republican08
I still don't understand what sense of accomplishment people get from having things on there teeth?
Nelly even wrote a song about it!
Hip hop must be feeling like a disney movie, it's already been done guys try again.
Originally posted by constantwonder
no really though that is very interesting and i bet that it hurt like the dickens to have that done without pain killers and anastetics. . . . yikes
Originally posted by RuneSpider
reply to post by Aceofclubs
There are a number of comparatively modern styles of adornment that are done without anesthetics.
Creative scarring, being shot willingly for the scar, cutting, ect.