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.
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.
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.