Color Me Red ! ~ Free Burma
A late dedication to the red call of Burma's Freedom.
Posting another shot from the carnival here in Tripunithra, a town close to Cochin in Kerala, India.
It is an amazing and overpowering mix of religious themes and symbolism. A part of the Onam Festival in Kerala this grand procession is called "Athachamayam"
This powerful shot in red is of a dancer symbolising a male God in the dance form popularly known as "Theyyam". This is a crop to show the face and the elaborate headgear. There appear to be no good shots online of a Theyyam dancer with a full costume on. Nor do I have one from the shoot.
Theyyam is a popular ritual dance of north Kerala,………..
………..The dance or invocation is generally performed in front of the village shrines. It is also performed in the houses as ancestor worship with elaborate rites and rituals.
There is no stage or curtain and other arrangements for the performance. The devotees would be standing or some of them would be sitting on a sacred tree in front of the shrine. In brief it is an open theatre………………(((.Excerpted from the /wiki Theyyam )))
......A male dancer dons an elaborate mask-like make up. The wearing of spectacular costume further enhances the illusion of becoming a divine being. The unique quality of Theyyam is that its deities can manifest themselves in the bodies of empowered men as dancer-performers, and appear before their devotees while interacting with them by answering questions, mocking the pompous, ridiculing the vain, and humiliating the arrogant. (( Excerpted from theyyam ))
Photo edit for cropping suggested by Oracle Lady Thanks.
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