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The Theyyam Photography Expedition™

The Hunter

In the small hours of the night, a Theyyam of the hunter god Kandanar Kelan reaches its climax when the deity, aided by his assistants, begins to jump through fire.

On his chest, the representation of two intertwined snakes recalls the mythological origins of the story, in which the hunter is poisoned and killed by the animals for having set the forest ablaze while trying to flush out his quarry with fire.

Of the 430 plus deities that are still worshipped through Theyyam in the northern Malabar region of Kerala, this is one of the hardest for the artists to perform, as well as one of the most spectacular for the spectators to witness.

   13

  May

2015

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