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India, Kerala. THEYYAM. | by Ania Blazejewska
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India, Kerala. THEYYAM.

Theyyam is the ancient hindu ritual of North Malabar in Kerala in which empowered men after suitable preparations become deities. It's the living cult with several thousand-year-old traditions and a socio-religious ceremony which attributes great importance to the worship of heroes and ancestral spirits.


Wearing outstanding costumes and headdresses and with their human faces hidden behind fabulous masks the chosen men make the final change into the deities. When the line is crossed, comes the time for devotees to pray and speak to the deities.


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Taken on March 28, 2012