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Woman thinks partner’s family ritual with dead person’s teeth is ‘creepy’

A woman refused to take part in her partner’s bizarre family ritual that involved keeping the dead person’s tooth in a pocket.

Each family has its own grieving rituals. Some prefer to reminisce about good times with drinks, while others like to keep the deceased person’s tooth in their pockets.

A woman with the username DeathTeethStory took to the popular subreddit r/AITA, which stands for (Am I the A**hole) for reassurance on her partner’s bizarre ritual.

This subreddit allows users to share their experiences and seek advice, in order to determine if they made the right choice.

The woman said: “My husband’s family has an extremely bizarre set of rituals surrounding death and funerals.



The woman felt very uncomfortable with the custom
The woman felt very uncomfortable with the custom (stock image)

“They’re from Wales, but I don’t think this is a cultural thing and I haven’t been able to find a basis for it or even anything remotely similar from a cultural/religious background.”

Basically, in her husband’s family, before a corpse of someone recently deceased is buried, they will have all of the teeth of the deceased knocked out.

“They will give one tooth to each of their living relatives to keep with them in a fabric pouch which they’re meant to keep with them.

“They even have a system for how they decide which family member gets which tooth based on their proximity to the deceased.”

All the teeth that the deceased collected over their lives are added to a chest filled with thousands of human tooth.

The woman found out about the tradition after attending her partner’s grandmother’s funeral where her mother in law gave her a pouch with one of her molars.

She said: “My husband got very upset when I told him I didn’t want to participate in this ritual.

“At the time I was only talking about not wanting to carry around his family member’s teeth, but evidently it’s expected that after I die they’ll knock out my teeth to be distributed to the family members.

“He asked me whether I would really deny my children the ability to have something to remind them of me after I pass away or to feel left out from their cousins.”

The woman insists that the family is lovely, but to her, the whole ritual is “insane.”



They have a chest with thousands of teeth
They have a chest with thousands of teeth

She concluded: “I don’t want my teeth knocked out and distributed to a bunch of random relatives, and there’s no way in hell that my side of the family will understand or accept this.

“AITA for not accepting this, based on how our last conversation went I think he’s considering divorce.”

Here is an AITA key for all the Reddit terminology.

You’re the a** hole (& the other party is not) = YTA

You’re Not the a** hole (& the other party is) = NTA

Everyone sucks here = ESH

No a** holes here = NAH

Not enough info = INFO

It would seem that the internet are quite mixed in their opinions, although most think that in this case, the woman is not the a** hole.

One user commented: “For me the weirdest thing is that he feels so strongly about it that he’s considering divorce because she won’t consent to having her future corpse’s teeth knocked out.”

Another said: “NTA and this is a whole other level of weirdness to me. They have a chest… filled with thousands of teeth of their deceased. This is deal breaker level bizarre, at least for me.

“You need to think about the bigger picture too. He brings up kids, so you guys clearly want them. What if, God forbid, something happens and your child dies?

“He’s going to knock out their teeth. Are you okay with that? Because I sure as hell wouldn’t be as a mother.”

Others are quick to jump to her partner’s defence, one user said: “I agree. It’s weird, but it isn’t unsanitary. It isn’t harming anyone. Maybe trying to understand the legend behind it might shed some light.”

It would seem that the internet is divided. The real question is: Would you mind having the teeth of your deceased family members in your pocket?

Woman thinks partner's family ritual with dead person's teeth is 'creepy'
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.
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