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Neeleswhar,Kerala,India - January 22, 2013: Theyyam is a famous Hindu ritual in northern Kerala. The term Theyyam is a corrupt form of Devam ( God) and is performed especially in the districts Kasaragod and Kannur in Kerala. People of these parts of Kerala consider Theyyam as a God and they seek their blessings from the Theyyam by offering cereals or flowers.. This ritual is performed in kavu , a traditional sacred place near traditional homes in the village. The dance is accompanied by powerful rythmic drumming and the perfomers wear a spectacular costume and they belong to the lower class community.
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Ritual Hindu performance in Neeleswhar , a location in the Kasaragod district of northern Kerala, India. The face is painted with ceremonial make-up. Offerings are placed in front of the dancer and spectators are watching the performance.
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