June 29, 2013

Hindu Ritual, India

Photograph by Arun Saji, National Geographic Your Shot

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This image was taken during the Hindu religious ritual known as Theyyam.

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25 comments
Ñidhiñ Päyyäññür
Ñidhiñ Päyyäññür

I don' understand why mr.krish said that theyyam is still prakrutham or crude..as a local from the place where theyyam is performing, I would like to say tat theyyam is not a simple tribal .art.its very much related to the culture and believes of each north malabar people in kerala(especially in kannur,Kasargod districts)its enhance the human culture n adding some values in it..it's a link between the god and human as we believes..theyyam is performed by the low cast people in Hindu, but when they became theyyam even topmost cast like Brahmins are blessed by them..so the worst thing 'cast barrier 'in the society vanishes there and that is one of the highlight of theyyam..(Muslim theyyam are also performing in temple).theyyam is performing in different temples in north malabar during the days between November and June.The gods in Hinduism such as Vishnu,Sivan. Durga,etc are also worshipped by theyyam and it's not something different from ritual..it is a huge task to study all theyyam(around 400-500 and around 150 nw performing in season)as it is related with unique dresses,drum music,history/myth.this thousands of year old tradition ,beautiful tribal dance as outsiders describe it still survive as it s very important for our culture even in this modern world..But in some other places,with out understanding what is theyyam n why it s performing some stage shows for the viewers make it as just a fancy dress shows..if any one wish to see it,with out coming to the north malabar ,u don't experience what is theyyam..

anusha asok
anusha asok

good picture.special one too since i have known the region and the culture too.


Krish Pillai
Krish Pillai

This is definitely not a Hindu ritual. It predates the arrival of Hinduism into Kerala where it is practiced. It is a tribal art form endemic to the region. The "Theyyam"(s), as they are referred to, are not permitted to enter the temple to this day, and they perform outside the sacred boundary of the temple grounds, because according to Indo-European social structure, all tribal art forms are still considered "prakritham" or crude. The Theyyam is a beautiful dance form that is very tribal and rooted in Kerala culture. It should be given credit for what it is, and should not be identified as the very force that is trying to destroy and demean it.  

Aubrey Fletcher
Aubrey Fletcher

Perfectly framed. Just enough mystery and just enough visual information to be drawn in and held. I love the level of abstraction counterbalanced by the recognizable form. I think this is favorite picture.

Dan Dady
Dan Dady

I keep coming back to this image. I can't put my finger on it, I don't know why, but I suppose that is the reason why I like it. Powerful, carnal, brilliant, thanks for sharing.

Molly S.
Molly S.

I love this shot! The colors are so vibrant and eye catching, and the dramatic makeup and costume on the subject only adds to the brilliance.

Anima Kumawat
Anima Kumawat

Happy to see a beautiful photo by an Indian photographer.

Raj P.
Raj P.

wow great capture

Ajith Sh
Ajith Sh

awesone man...adipolliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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