When Theyyam comes home

Come Karkkidakam, the theyyams are out on their journey to usher in prosperity and ward off evil forces during a period that is widely regarded as lean for the traditional agrarian community of Kerala.

The theyyams are on their ‘grama sancharam’ (journey through villages) to shield them from maladies that hold sway during the peak monsoon period.

The theyyams, enacted by boys in the age group of five to 12, are known as Galinjan in northern belts of the region while the performance is known as Aadivedan in the southern areas.