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Creating Pantheon -Nature, Colours and Beliefs: A Visual Narrative of Kaliyattam in Kerala

Anil Gopi

Abstract


The core idea of this essay is to elucidate the process through which people create and worship local gods and goddesses in Kerala, India. By using a series of photographs, this essay portrays the life of the
performers and the process of becoming gods in the traditional shrines of a vernacular religious system in Hinduism. The practitioners make use of the nature they live in creating the highly decorated deities. The materials in the costume reflects the natural sources in their own surroundings and intricate face drawings which symbolizes their world view. Most significantly, the beliefs system in the deities reflects the society itself.

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South India; Hinduism; rituals; performance; sacred grove; theyyam; kaliyattam; caste system

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12835/ve2019.1-0141

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