Tooth Filing Ceremony
Tooth Filing Ceremony contains the meaning of cleaning evil characters in human beings. Tooth filing ceremony in the Balinese Language is called "Mepandes," and it can also be called as Matatah or Mesangih, where two pieces of canines and four incisors on the top row of teeth are filed or leveled. This ceremony is an obligation, customs, and culture that still being undergone by Hindus in Bali for generations to date.
This ceremony is considered as sacred and intended for children who start growing up and especially for girls who have period or menstruation, while the boys have entered puberty or when their voice has changed. By doing this Mepandes Ceremony, the grown-up children are concerned and taught to not fall into the prohibited deeds by religion, and they can be useful people for themselves, family, community, and nation.