The Balinese Tradition of Filing Teeth

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For teens in Bali, adulthood bites different. Balinese teens come of age with a traditional ceremony that involves grinding down their upper canine teeth—a metaphorical and physical break from their animal instincts and ancestral roots. This ceremony is seen as the final responsibility a parent has to their child.

VICE Indonesia follows Gek Sri as she undergoes her own “defanging” ceremony to see how Bali’s youngest generation of adults is taking on a tradition with deep roots on the island and ask whether a new set of teeth is “adulting” or actually adulthood.

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