Theyyam means "GOD" in Malayalam, and it is an old traditional ritual dance of the Malabar (Northern Kerala) area of India, dating back to pre-historic times, to honour Gods, Goddesses, forebears, local heroes and heroines. Theyyam is an example of a human being being transformed into God by ceremonial and divine actions. Its presentation exudes celestial magnificence, as it is accompanied by rituals and religious songs performed on traditional musical instruments.
Theyyam is considered a holy dance. He dances across the complex of the holy area where deities are worshipped, invoking god or goddess in his body. The dance is thought to be performed by the gods or goddesses themselves. The centuries-old ceremonial performance is a one-of-a-kind blend of dance, music, and religious observance. It reflects the primary characteristics of indigenous tribal culture, and local people see Theyyam as a God from whom they seek favours.
Theyyam's look reveals great power and attractiveness. The overall design's patterns are geometric. Theyyam is adorned with ornaments made of wood, metal, and fragments of coloured cloth, as well as wild flowers and soft coconut tree fronds. Colorful face painting with delicate lines, exotic masks made of wood, metal, or young green leaf of areca nut palm and Coconut Tree. The herbal colour applied on the frond ribs is one-of-a-kind.
They are carried out at temples, kavus (shrines surrounded by tiny woodlands), and thravadu (Ancestral houses ). Theyyam was performed in the evenings, late evenings, early mornings, and during the day. More than 300 variations
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