Akan traditional hairstyles and Egyptian similarities
While going through two of Rattray's books Religion and Art in
Ashanti (1927) and Ashanti Law and Constitution (1929), I realized that
the traditional hairstyle used by Akan females is done in a way to show
an 'elongated skull'. I suspect this has to do with maintaining a
tradition that started with the beings from Sirius, who had a large
influence in Egypt. If you look at Nefertiti's head (see below) you
will see that she had this elongated skull. All the images of Akan
females are from Rattray's books. Even today, in the 21st century, Akan
queenmothers and others undergoing very traditional ceremonies still
wear their hair in this fashion. It is not only Akan-Asante females who
wear this traditional hairstyle, it is a practice that is common with
all the Akan groups.
It should be pointed out that not all Akan people have the elongated
head structure although it is common. There are those with 'flat heads'
as well as other shapes. The photos below show some African hair styles
in comparison with Egyptian ones. In the first photo below, the
right-most photo is of an African group other than the Akan, but I
thought the hair-style was interesting to use for contrast. The middle
photo is of an Akan girl who had 'come of age' and was going through
the necessary rites. It was obtained from plates in Rattray's second
book Religion and Art in Ashanti (1927).
The following photos are all from plates in Rattray's 3rd book Ashanti Law and Constitution (1929)