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UploadedAugust 29, 2012
TakenAugust 8, 2012
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D70s
Exposure1 sec at f/6.3
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light not detected
Focal Length50 mm
ISO200
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The teeth cutting ceremony (Potong Gigi in Indonesian or Mepandes in Balinese) is not as gory and painful as it sounds. It is a traditional Balinese ceremony that every Balinese Hindu must celebrate. It is practically like our version of the Bar Mitzvah/rite of passage.
The meaning of the ceremony is to lessen our influence of Sad Ripu that is within ourselves, a negative spiritual force that has effects on ones emotion and well-being.(wibi udiyana)

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