(Last Updated on : 12/09/2009)
If a child`s first teeth appear on its upper jaw, he is considered unlucky for his maternal uncle. The remedy to this ill luck is that the mother moves out of town, from the other side the maternal uncle comes and a ceremony is performed with charity of wheat flour, white doth and four iron nails. This special ceremony is known as `The charm of the teeth`.
A time is allotted and a place appointed for the ceremony. The child`s mother goes to the place, outside the village, on the road that goes to her brother`s house. When the brother hears about the arrival of his sister, he brings along with him an old copper coin with an iron nail and nothing else. When the brother is approaching, the sister takes her child up in her arms, so that his face is toward the way on which her brother is coming. The brother comes noiselessly and opens the mouth of the child, touches its teeth with the coin and the iron nail, without showing his face to the sister or even seeing his sister`s face. He then buries the coin and the nail on the very location and returns home. The ill luck for the maternal uncle is thus no longer effective.