Theyyam

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SPEAKZEASY

Theyyam

THEYYAM or THEYYATTAM is a ritual form of worship of North Malabar in Kerala, predominant in the KOLATHUNADA area (consisting of present-day Kasargod, Kannur Districts , Mananthavady Taluk of Wayanad & Vadakara & Koyilandy Taluks of Kozhikode of Kerala) and also in Kodagu and Tulu Nadu of Karnataka as a living cult with several 1000 year-old traditions, rituals and customs. The performers of Theyyam belong to the lower caste community and have an important position in Theyyam.  They are also known as MALAYANMAR.

Theyyam

People of these districts consider THEYYAM, itself, as a God and they seek blessings from this THEYYAM.  A similar custom is followed in the Tulu Nadu region of neighbouring Karnataka known as BHUTA KOLA.

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Bridget & Raymond Alchin say, ” There can be no doubt that a very large part of this folk religion is extremely ancient and contains traits which originated during the earliest periods of…

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