Tooth transfigurement refers to various ritual practices, including tooth extraction, tooth cutting, tooth filing, tooth blackening and tooth ornamentation, that deliberately alter the natural state or appearance of the teeth In Indonesia such rituals are usually part of a rite of passage into adulthood. This article introduces the subject of tooth transfigurement and gives the researcher a list of pertinent subjects and vocabulary to ask about.
Sulang Language Data and Working Papers: Topics in Lexicography
Sulawesi Language Alliance
Table of Contents:
1 An old practice; 2 A widespread practice; 3 A forbidden practice; 4 Types of tooth transfigurement found in Indonesia; 4.1 Tooth extraction; 4.2 Tooth cutting; 4.3 Tooth filing; 4.3.1 Filing to make the teeth even; 4.3.2 Filing to make the teeth pointy; 4.4 Tooth blackening; 4.4.1 Plant sap; 4.4.2 Burn products; 4.4.3 Chemical dyes; 4.4.4 Other tooth-blackening agents; 4.5 Tooth ornamentation; 5 Why tooth transfigurement?; 6 Tooth transfigurement in Eastern Indonesia?; References;
Version 1 [26 June 2013] This paper originally circulated February 2009; reformatted for publication May and June 2013.
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