According to the M’nong’s beliefs, when cutting an elephant’s tusks, one must give ceremony and pray to the Ngauch Ngaul God (a holy God managing the elephants). This ceremony is quite redundant and performed as: On the afternoon of the day before cutting elephant’s tusks, the elephant’s owner takes a bowl of rice and a wax candle to pray in front of elephant’s head to ask for cutting its tusks.
The prayer is praying while picking up a handful of rice and sprinkle it into the candle. If the rice stood straightly on the candle for three times, the elephant would “agree” on cutting his tusks. If there were no rice stuck on the candle or not straightly stuck, the elephant would “disagree”. If everything was alright, the elephant owner has the tusks bound with a thread and at that night the elephant would amend the thread itself , the position where the thread bound would be cut. The elephant tusk worker must be a professional one, if he cuts carelessly or without right technical skill, the tusks will be fritz and they can not continue growing. After the works, they have to sacrifice for God with a pig, a jar of wine, betel and areca, tobacco, sticky rice, banana, and sugarcane. This worsphipping is as similar as the one when they start owning a new elephant. If the family have lots of elephants for cutting tusks at the same time, they have to sacrifice to God even a buffalo.
When elephant’s tusks are long, two bicuspids bunch to each other, elephant hardly uses its proboscis to eat if tusks are not being cut. A wild elephant normally breaks his tusks’ tips for “good”. It is said that, a tamed elephant’s tusks are broken next to the lip or at the middle is considered as “ Screech – owl”, so, the elephant owner must sacrifice a pig or a buffalo for God.