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Region : Villages of southern Orissa
Important Place of Observation : Ganjam District
Main Festivity : Thankurani Yatra

Animal Mask Dances are prevalent in village of south Orissa especially in the district of Ganjam. Particularly during "Thankurani Yatra", when the idols are taken out on the streets, the animal mask dancers go on dancing before the procession. During the marriage ceremonies also they lead the bridegroom's procession all the way to the bride's house.

The three animal mask dances typical of the area are the tiger, bull and horse dances. Two persons get into cane frame and conceal themselves within it. Their legs become the legs of the animals they are representing.

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