Meaning of Mesangih Ceremony

The life of human being especially Hinduism ancestry in Bali, never be separated from religious ceremonies when humans are born until the time of death. Variety of religious rituals carried out, intended as balancing in humans life with God, human with nature, and humans with humans. One of the ceremony that still carried by Balinese people is Potong Gigi/Mesangih.

Mesangih ceremony is held when a child has reached adult age. There are six teeth that will be cut in this ceremony, that is two canines teeth and four incisors. Cuts to the six teeth are symbol of control over the Sad Ripu (six enemies in humans being) specifically Kama (desire), Loba (greediness), Krodha (anger), Mada (blind), Moha (confusion), and Matsarya (envy).

The purpose of Mesangih ceremony are:
1. Eliminate the dirt (sins) during the life of the person that performed ceremony.
2. With this sanctity, one can get closer to ancestors or God.
3. Avoid the hell punishment in afterlife that given by Lord Yamadipati.
4. Fulfill parents responsibilities to their children in order to be a good person

Thus are a glance meaning of the Mesangih ceremony, which the function is to guide mankind especially Hinduism to improve the devotion to God

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