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.


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


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


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


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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