Theyyam | A Popular Ritual form of worship in Malabar


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Theyyam is a popular ritual form of worship of North Malabar in Kerala. The Believers of Kerala have given space for this folklore art Theyyam in their life and culture. The Theyyam Art is predominant in the Kolathunadu area (consisting of Present-day Kasaragod, Kannur District, Wayanad) and also in South Canara and Kodagu of Karnataka. The Theyyam is a 1000-year-old Tradition which include complex rituals, and customs.


The People of Malabar consider Theyyam itself a channel or mediums of a God or Goddess and they seek blessings from Theyyam. The People of Malabar consider Theyyam as a God and believe that Theyyam’s blessing will remove all their problems and pains and help them to survive all the hurdles. Theyyam has been an undeniable part of their culture.


The Theyyam Starts from the month of October (In Malayalam, this month is known as Thulam). The People of Malabar welcomes their God Theyyam with celebration. They called this celebration as “Pathaamudayam”. The people of Malabar celebrates ‘Pathaamudayam’ as the entry of God in the form of Theyyam. The Theyyam festival comes to an end during the month of May (Medam Month).

Theyyam is not an art for the believers, it is the part of their life and they had given space for Theyyam since 1000 years.


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