This is a 3-part series. Also posted at http://www.scribd.com/doc/190923934/Long-ear-culture-from-India-to-Mesoamerica
In an article on Tutankhamun, I wrote about the probable influence of Vedic culture on the 18th dynasty of Egypt as was made out from ear piercing habit and wearing of ear heavy ornaments. Ear piercing, known as Karnavedha is an important sacrament for anyone born in the Vedic culture. This continues till today among Hindus in India. The young Tutankhamun's mask on the mummy showing huge holes in the ear, apparently made so by the constant wearing of heavy ear ornaments for long, made me think that Vedic practices had entered the 18th dynasty with the introduction of Atenism (of Sun God who moves in a chariot in the sky) by Tutankhamun's father.
In response to this article, Mr Dale Drinnon brought to my attention the 'long ear' tradition found in Easter Island and in the Andes in South America.
Long and pierced ear of a statue of Easter island.