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The Traditional Ceremony of Tooth Filing in Bali

5. The Priest then takes his tool and starts grating the fangs of the girls’ and boys’ teeth.

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Don’t expect a high level of hygiene, since the priest will use the same tool for every person without cleaning it.

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The tooth filing will take place in an auspicious day behind a temple and foreigners will have to get invited in order to attend. 

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The ceremony for each person will take place when a boy’s voice starts changing and a girl has her first menstruation.

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Foreigners are invited because the locals believe that during the ceremony the young boys and girls are vulnerable to evil forces, with foreigners being considered one of them.

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