The Indonesian Tribe That Practices the Painful Ritual of Teeth Chiseling

Every culture views beauty from a different perspective.

Here in the Western World, we associate beauty with pearly white smiles and blemish free skin. However, in other far corners of the world, beauty is defined by drastic measures.

In order to maintain the balance between body and soul, a tribe of people in Indonesia practice the ritual of chiseling down a woman’s teeth into sharp points. And they endure this incredibly painful procedure without any anesthetic.

National Geographic reports that the women of the Mentawai Tribe are considered more beautiful after this practice is complete.

Using only a stick, knife and hammer, their teeth are finely carved to resemble a row of shark teeth.

The video above documents the agonizing ritual.