Theyyam, The Dancing Gods
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Keywords

Teyyam
Ritual
Performance
India

How to Cite

Pereira, F. (2018). Theyyam, The Dancing Gods. Journal of Anthropological Films, 2(1), e1369. https://doi.org/10.15845/jaf.v2i1.1369

Abstract

The cult of the Theyyams is exclusive to the north of Kerala, southwest India, and consists of a deity assuming a living form through a ritual performance. The main characteristic of this cult is that the performer is supposed to be transformed into the divinity, it is not merely a representation but a living god or goddess that is present to the believers, and everybody behaves according to that assumption.

The main type of ceremony with the participation of Theyyams is the kaliyattam, a “danced story”, which happens during a festival organized annually in a village or family temple. The performers belong to the lower castes or tribes of the traditional social stratification system.

The documentary follows Rajesh Peruvannan, a Theyyam performer, in the process of transformation into the condition of a living god. 

https://doi.org/10.15845/jaf.v2i1.1369
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Copyright (c) 2018 Filipe Pereira

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