The Sacred Tooth of Lord Buddha

Moving from the murky depths of middle ages dentistry, this tale is of a journey of hope and celebration. Buddhists from far and wide travel huge distances to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth of Buddha in Sri Lanka.  Prepared to queue for days to see the relic, it is venerated by thousands in its temple and annually in street parades of the Feast Day of the Tooth. The relic is believed to be an eye tooth of Buddha. An eye tooth is what our biology books today call ‘canines’ and were traditionally considered to be the most important teeth, intrinsically linked to a persons eyesight and soul.

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