Attainment of Adulthood

Adulthood is reached upon marriage. It is one of the few life stages ritually marked. A tooth-filing ritual performed in the early stages of a wedding ceremony marks the transition into adulthood. The tooth filing occurs for boys and girls who have never been married, marking their transition into the world of adults.

If, by chance, a boy or girl marries before his or her elder sibling, the elder sibling must first have his or her teeth filed since it would be presumptuous for a younger sibling to enter adulthood first. Even though the older sibling's teeth are filed and he or she is technically an adult, the person's behavior, roles, and responsibilities do not alter. Thus, while the tooth-filing ceremony symbolically marks entry into adulthood, the real entry into adulthood is marriage when the youth's roles and responsibilities change.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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