Tooth Filing Ceremony
- 30 November 2017
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Tooth Filing Ceremony contains a meaning of cleaning bad characters in human beings. Tooth filing ceremony in Balinese Language is also called “Mepandes” and it can also be called as Matatah or Mesangih, where 2 pieces of canines and 4 incisors on the top row of teeth are filed or leveled. This ceremony is an obligation, customs and culture which is still being undergrone by Hindus in Bali for generations to date.
This ceremony is considered to be scared and intended for children who start growing up, where for girls who have period or menstruation, while the boys have entered puberty or their voice has changed. Doing this Mepandes ceremony, the grown up children are reminded and taught not to fall into the acts prohibited by religion and they can be usefully people for themselves, family, community and nation.