A river, on the banks of which are a people whose heads grow beneath their shoulders. Their eyes are in their shoulders, and their mouths in the middle of their breasts. (Hakluyt: Voyages, 1598.) Raleigh, in his Description of Guiana, gives a similar account of a race of men. (See Blemmyes.)
The Anthropophagi and men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders.
Shakespeare: Othello, i. 3.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894