POOTHANAM THIRAYAM

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Location: Kerala
Performed By: The Mannan Community of South Malabar
Main Theme: The Slaying of Demon Daarikan by Kaali

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Poothanam Thirayam - A Ritual Art performed by members of the Mannan Community of South Malabar, KeralaIt is a ritual dance to propitiate goddess Kaali, performed by members of the 'Mannan' community of South Malabar.

A troupe of dancers dress up as Kaali (the Thira) and the accompanying spirits (the Poothams) who were created along with the goddess for the destruction of the evil Daarikan.

The Poothams wear masks while the spirits don semicircular wooden crowns. The dance is staged before houses and village shrines between November and May every year.



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