Mammifère aux incisives tranchantes, sans canines, tels que rat, écureuil, …

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Partie du corps et plus particulièrement de la bouche, en nombre différent selon les espèces, constitué de petits os aux fonctions diverses (mâcher, mordre…) – Peut refléter un certain état de santé, et notamment les soins qu’on leur apporte ou non.

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Kanji: 歯. Radical: 齒. Number of strokes: 12. Meaning: “ tooth”. Pronunciation: シ、はshi, ha. Other form: 齒.

Guerewol – A courtship ritual

Guerewol – A courtship ritual

“In-gali, in Niger, is a festival town. At the end of the rainy season, different nomadic peoples (including the Tuaregs) gather there for the “Cure salée”, an important salt market that lasts several weeks. On this occasion, the Woodabe hold the Guerewol, a courtship ritual where men try to woo a jury of young women.
To impress the jury, men will have to show off their best assets and for the Woodabe, that means being tall, having white eyes and teeth and knowing how to bust a move in the traditional song and line-dancing: the yaake. On the day of the performance, men wear elaborate headpieces complete with feathers to make themselves look taller.
Their faces will be painted with red, yellow or white and their lips and eyes contoured in black to emphasize the eyes and teeth Then, the yaake will begin. The yaake is as important as the dress and make-up: it will show how the men can carry themselves, a way to judge of their elegance. During the dance, the contestants will also heavily roll their eyes and show their teeth in the hope that they will be noticed.
The ultimate winner is designated by three women chosen by the elders and the lucky guy has his pick of a love partner but other women also have their pick. The rest of the week-long festival is dedicated to clan meetings, marriage negotiations, and other social events.” (



Kandy (Sinhala: මහනුවර Mahanuwara ; Tamil: கண்டி Kandy) - A city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province – The last capital of the ancient kings' era - Home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), a sacred place of worship for Buddhism - UNESCO World Heritage Site 1988 - “This sacred Buddhist site, popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings whose patronage enabled the Dinahala culture to flourish for more than 2,500 years until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1815. It is also the site of the Temple of the Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of the Buddha), which is a famous pilgrimage site.”

Kandy (cinghalais: මහනුවර Mahanuwara; tamoul: கண்டி Kandy) - Une ville du Sri Lanka située dans la province centrale - La dernière capitale de l'ère des rois anciens - On y trouve le temple de la Dent du Bouddha (Sri Dalada Maligawa), un lieu sacré du bouddhisme - Site du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO 1988 - « ...Ce site sacré du bouddhisme, communément appelé « ville de Senkadagalapura », a été la dernière capitale des rois de Sinhala dont le mécénat a permis à la culture de Dinahala de s'épanouir pendant plus de 2 500 ans, jusqu'à l'occupation de Sri Lanka par les Britanniques en 1815. C'est aussi le site du temple de la Dent du Bouddha, célèbre lieu de pèlerinage. »

“The toothed pig” – Symbol of Vanuatu

“The toothed pig” – Symbol of Vanuatu

At the heart of the traditional social system
A sign for peace, a national emblem, a cultural trait,
The “tooth pig” is a symbol of Vanuatu

Sign of wealth, notoriety, power and prestige,
He is raised so that his teeth move helically

Listed on the flag,
the coat of arms and the national currency…”

« Au cœur du système social traditionnel
Marque de paix, emblème national, trait culturel,
Le « cochon à dent » est symbole du Vanuatu

Signe de richesse, de notoriété, de pouvoir et de prestige,
Il est élevé afin que ses dents décrivent un mouvement hélicoïdal

Figurant sur le drapeau,
les armoiries et la monnaie nationale »

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Kandy is home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a sacred place of worship for Buddhism. (Sinhala lg, Sinhala wr or Tamil lg, Tamil wr)

Kandy abrite le temple de la relique de la dent, un lieu de culte sacré pour le bouddhisme.

What is the mouth? How to define it? From the plateau women of the Mursis to the blackened teeth of the ohaguro, from the filed teeth of the Pygmies to the tongue taken from the Maori hei-tiki, how has the mouth and its different attributes been considered? What place does it take in the relationship with others, linguistically, socially, emotionally? How do we consider it today?

Qu’est-ce que la bouche ? Comment la définir ? Des femmes à plateaux chez les Mursis à la dentition noircie de l’ohaguro, des dents limées chez les Pygmées à la langue tirée du hei-tiki maori, comment a-t-on considéré la bouche et ses différents attributs ? Quelle place prend-elle dans la relation aux autres, linguistique, sociale, affective… ? Comment la considérons-nous aujourd’hui ?

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