Thursday, February 13, 2014

India: Teyyam Dancer, Kerala region

Theyyam, a colorful ritual dance of Kerala that attributes great importance to the worship of heroes and ancestral spirits, is a socio-religious ceremony. Theyyams are performed before the shrines. This sacred dance is believed to bring about well being for the society and the family. Almost all Theyyams are performed by the male members. To millions in Kerala..., the theyyam in their villages are visible, tangible gods and goddess, who appear but infrequently (festival is held May-October). The stories around which the theyyam performances are built range from tales of blood-drinking yakshis and witches, and the myths of serpent and animal deities, to the deeds of local heroes and ancestors.


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