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A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth$
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Scott E. Burnett and Joel D. Irish

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054834

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054834.001.0001

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Tooth Filing in Surabayan Javanese and Balinese

Tooth Filing in Surabayan Javanese and Balinese

A Change in Tradition

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A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth

Myrtati D. Artaria

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the practice and symbolism of teeth filing in the Javanese and Balinese of Indonesia. Although deliberate modification of the dentition has been documented in human groups worldwide including Indonesia, little has been written about these cultural practices in Java and Bali. Dental filing was the most common form of modification. Examination of both skulls and living Balinese and Javanese in Surabaya, and interviews of the latter, reveal that the practice is still observed by Balinese, but not the Surabayan Javanese. Tooth filing by some Balinese today is not practiced to the same extent as in the past. A cultural change in the degree of tooth filing over time is based on recent changes in how beautiful and healthy teeth are perceived.

Keywords:   tooth filing, cultural change, Javanese, Balinese

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