Raise of the Gods.

India

by Naseef Gafoor

Theyyam is a popular Hindu ritual form of worship of North Malabar in Kerala, predominant in the Kolathunadu area. As a living cult with several thousand-year-old traditions, rituals and customs, it embraces almost all the castes and classes of the Hindu religion in this region. The term Theyyam is a corrupt form of Devam or God. People of these districts consider Theyyam itself as a God and they seek blessings from this Theyyam. Though one cannot imagine the exact figure of Theyyam, there are approximately 400 types.

Theyyam always amazes me with it's rich colour, stories behind each gods, powerfulness So it was always there in my heart to capture the photo story.

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