Photo of Chamundi Theyyam performing in a ritual dance at Chalad Chalil Bhagavathi Kshethram (Temple), Payyambalam Beach, Kannur, Kerala, India.
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamunda
"Chamunda also known as Chamundi, Chamundeshwari and Charchika, is a fearsome aspect of Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother and one of the seven Matrikas (mother goddesses). She is also one of the chief Yoginis, a group of sixty-four or eighty-one Tantric goddesses, who are attendants of the warrior goddess Durga. The name is a combination of Chanda and Munda, two monsters whom Chamunda killed. She is closely associated with Kali, another fierce aspect of Devi. She is sometimes identified with goddesses Parvati, Chandi or Durga as well. The goddess is often portrayed as haunting cremation grounds or fig trees. The goddess is worshipped by ritual animal sacrifices along with offerings of wine and in the ancient times, human sacrifices were offered too. Originally a tribal goddess, Chamunda was assimilated in Hinduism and later entered the Jain pantheon too. Though in Jainism, the rites of her worship include vegetarian offerings, and not the meat and liquor offerings."
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theyyam
"Theyyam (Teyyam, Theyyattam or Thira) is a popular ritual form of worship of North Malabar in Kerala, India.
The performers of Theyyam belong to the lower caste community, and have an important position in Theyyam. They are also known as 'malayanmar'. People of these districts consider Theyyam itself as a God and they seek blessings from this Theyyam. There is approximately 400 types of Theyyam, including Pallivettakkorumakan, Vishnumoorthy and Sree Muthappan Theyyam."
Location of picture - Kannur Kerala India
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