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Posted June 11, 2012 by Backpackology.org in Bizarre
 
 

Wednesday Wanderings: The Baali Theyyam

I know it’s Monday and not Wednesday, but today’s story isn’t finished yet, and NO ONE’S PERFECT GET OFF MY LAWN.

For this Wednesday Monday Wandering, here’s a video of the Baali Theyyam in Kuruva, India. The Theyyam dancer dresses in elaborate costumes that represent the deity or spirit he is trying to summon. He then dances into a trance, allowing the spirit to enter his body and possess him. He then gives blessings to the villagers, before a priest appears to exorcise the deity back out of the theyyam.

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To hear the full story of the Theyyam, check out Gods Amongst Men.

For more Theyyam photos, check out the Photo Travelogue The South of India.

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