Buddhist monks creating Mandala in thiksey monastery in Ladakh i
Devotees performing a Hindu Ritual in Mandoor Temple
A group of monks making Manadal, an ancient artform in Thiksey monastery, Ladakh- India.
Buddhist monks creating Mandala in thiksey monastery in Ladakh iBuddhist monks creating Mandala in thiksey monastery in Ladakh in India
A Closeup of a Theyyam while he was calmly preparing himself mentally for the act that will go on till the next morning.
A kooththu performer dressed as a king is showing an aggresive stance.The trainer (kooththu master) usually stands at the center along with his team.They sing together, cheer-up the performers and even help the actors when the usual make-up faults happen.
Devotees are watching a Theyyam named, 'Bhagavathi' at a temple in Payyanur in Kerala.Fire is an important component in few types of Theyyam performances.
A young Kavadi dancer at the festival.They start at a very early age probably due to some illness they suffered and recovered, which the parents attribute to the gods mercy or simply they are going to do this as a routine every year, perhaps like their parents.
Theyyam make-up happens inside a tent specially thatched with dried-up coconut leafs.The ornaments wore were made of wood and metal.A crew of three to five men can be seen around the theyyam performer fitting all the unique decorations and ornaments to him.This final phase of creating a god, is an interesting sight for the local people.
Devotees performing a Hindu Ritual in Mandoor TempleDevotees performing a Hindu Ritual where their body is pierced with sharp metal hooks and they in high spiritual escalation ,dancing and dragging the men controlling behind them withoutfeeling any discomfort in Mandoor Temple , Batticaloa - Sri Lanka
Multiple sharp hooks were pierced to the back of this young boy.The hooks were then connected to nylon ropes, the ends of which were dragged by a helper at the behind.The boy will then dance to the drum music around the temple.The ritual which might take few hours will not greatly exhaust the people involved, in contrast to what is expected.The higher level of spirituality that controls the brain and the mind might be a possible explanation for this.
Make-ups with natural colors made of leaf extracts and turmaric are very important parts of any Theyyam performances.The make-up artists, who are mostly theyyam performers themself, are very skillful in applying the beautiful designs on the face within a short span of time.
Naturally made dyes are being used to make-up the Theyyam performers.Here few make-up artists are applying turmeric to a performer.Usually there are no dedicated artists for every individual preparation, a make-up artist sometimes becomes a Theyyam or can help with the other tasks specified to the Theyyam festivals.
Salangai is an instrument wore usually in the legs.It is simply a collection of small bells attached to a sheet of leather or cloth material.This is considered sacred among the traditional dancers, without which a dance act is never considered complete.
One of the main feature of the festival is when Devotees make 'pongal' (A food item made of rice, milk and jaggery) and offer it to the cobra god at the tree.After the offering and the worshipping session the food will be shared among the people as a 'prasatham' (Anything edible that was offered to the god), on banana leafs or on banyan leafs which some devotees pluck from the tree in a hurry.
Portrait of Bhagavathi theyyam - Kerala, India.
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