Metatah ( Tooth Filing )

Tooth cutting (Balinese: mepandes, mesangih or metatah) is a Hindu-Balinese religious ceremony when a child is growing up, and is also interpreted as the payment of debts by parents to their children because they have been able to eliminate the six vices from human beings. This ceremony includes what is known as the manusa yadnya ceremony. The ritual that is performed when cutting teeth is to scrape the 6 upper teeth in the form of canines. The purpose of this ceremony is to reduce bad character. Metatah is carried out in conjunction with the Ngaben ceremony, weddings, and Ngeresi, and is only carried out on certain days (sad ripu) for those concerned.

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