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.
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.
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.
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.