The tooth fairy

The tooth fairy
Do you know that August 22 is the national tooth fairy day, and while plenty of Americans surely celebrated the day by employing the fairy (or fairies) and her generous cash giving, the rest of the world has their own tooth  in place to honor anyone or anything responsible for whisking their teeth away.

If you’re living in Canada and you’ve got a loose tooth, you know what to do: just wait for that tooth to fall out, stick it under your pillow or in a special container, and wake up the next morning to money that’s all yours! All thanks to the Tooth Fairy!

The Tooth Fairy also makes the rounds in the United States, Great Britain, and most of northern Europe. But in other places in the world, the Tooth Fairy has unusual relatives who help out. Or there are customs for what to do with baby teeth that might bring luck, but no cash. Read on to find out more about toothy traditions from around the world.

Mouse in the House

In some parts of the world the Tooth Fairy has whiskers and a tail instead of wings and a wand. That’s right, there’s a Tooth Mouse! In France, she’s called La Petite Souris, which means “the little mouse,” and at night this small and stealthy mouse sneaks under pillows to exchange the tooth for money or treats. South Africans don’t use pillows as tooth holsters. Instead, their baby teeth goes inside a slipper or a sho.

Spain has a tooth-loving mouse too, named Pérez. This mouse does the tooth collecting for a lot of other Spanish-speaking countries, like Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia. One of Spain’s (and other Hispanic cultures, including Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia) most beloved myths centers on Ratoncito Perez, a.k.a. Raton Perez, a.k.a. Perez Mouse, a.k.a. El Raton de Los Dientes, who is just what he sounds like—a mouse who collects teeth. Like the tooth fairy, Perez gets the teeth only after they’ve been lost and put under a child’s pillow.

Perez will then replace it with a gift not always money , and leave it to be found by a happy child in the morning. Some Argentinian kids switch it up by sticking their teeth in a glass of water before bed. When Perez shows up—surely parched from all his teeth-collecting—he’ll drink up the water, grab the tooth, and leave his gift in the empty glass. 

In Argentina, instead of under the pillow, kids leave their tooth in a glass of water – not only does the mouse get the tooth, he also drinks the water. Picking up all those teeth is thirsty work!

Throw Your Tooth in the Air (like you just don’t care)

In many Middle Eastern countries, kids don’t leave their teeth for a mouse or a fairy. Instead they take their tooth outside and throw it up in the air, aiming for the sun. It’s thought that this will make the new teeth grow in faster and be even stronger than before.

IRAQ, JORDAN, AND EGYPT

Asian countries aren’t the only place you’ll find kids throwing their teeth up in the air—in some Middle Eastern countries, kids are encouraged to toss their teeth up toward the sky. It’s possible that the tossed teeth tradition dates all the way back to the sumerians and babylonian culture.

In Japan, they throw their teeth too, but the bottom teeth are thrown up into the air, while the top teeth are tossed to the ground ,it’s to copy the direction the teeth grow in. A good, straight throw is supposed to bring in straight new teeth.

NDIA, CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA, AND VIETNAM

Putting a tooth under a pillow sounds soft and sweet, but it also sounds boring. What about tossing those teeth around? In some Asian countries, that’s just what they do. Historically, kids who lose teeth from their lower jaw will throw their teeth onto their roof, while upper jaw teeth go on the floor or even under it (the idea is the new tooth will be pulled towards the old tooth). That’s not all, though, because as the tooth-losing kiddo tosses their teeth, they sometimes yell out a wish that the missing tooth be replaced by the tooth of a mouse. Mice (and other rodents) have teeth that continually grow, which sounds like a wise request when one goes missing.

Tooth on the Roof

Throwing teeth around is a popular thing to do in a lot of places, but in some countries kids are aiming for the roof. Kids in Greece, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Ethiopia throw their teeth on the roof. They do the same in China, Vietnam, Korea and India, but only the bottom teeth, the top ones get put somewhere low, like under the bed or even under the floorboards. In many of these places, the hope is that a bird or a squirrel or a mouse will take the tooth – that’s supposed to guarantee that the new tooth will grow in quickly.

Hide that Tooth

Not everyone’s looking to give their teeth away to any animal or fairy creature that comes along. In Nepal, it’s actually bad luck if a bird makes off with your baby tooth, so kids their bury their teeth in secret spots. Malaysian kids bury their teeth in the ground too, it’s seen as returning the tooth back to nature.

Parents in Turkey try to influence their kids’ future careers by burying teeth in different places – it’s thought that burying the tooth near a hospital will help the kid grow up to be a doctor, or in the playground of a school encourages their child to be a teacher someday. Soccer fields are popular, because everyone wants to be a good player!

In Iraq kids used to let thier mothers pulled the loose tooth, then put in glass of water and then in the morning we aim at the sun and say I give you my loose tooth and you grant me a strong one, some say that and buried it in the sand or garden .

In Magnolia  it’s traditional  to put the tooth into some fat and feed it to a dog (don’t try this at home) very bad idea and bad culture as you remember that Mongolia where the ruthless killer and murderer genghis khan was born and later killed 10% of the world population . This is done because they want the grown up tooth to be as strong as the dog’s teeth. If there’s no dog? Bury it by a tree so that the new tooth has strong roots.

Steve Ramsey.

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