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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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I believe this must be quite painful.

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Don’t expect a high level of hygiene.

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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.

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If foreigners wish to attend, they need to have a special invitation.

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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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