Balinese Tooth Filing Ceremony ~ Mepandes

During July and August it is time for 'Mepandes' the Balinese tooth-filing ceremony. According to Balinese Hindus the ceremony will rid them of negative traits and as teeth are the symbol of lust, greed, anger, insobriety, confusion and jealousy. Therefore filing the front 6 teeth flat renders someone both more physically and more spiritually [...]