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Volume 9 – Number 8

Aug 1978

Kerala’s Teyyattam Cult

Below the lstumus of Kra

Macau: Vision of a Gentler World

The Vanished Manchus

Country Report: The Solomons

 Cover. Home of the comparatively well-known Kathakali dance drama, India’s Kerala state has many other and more exotic dance forms. One of these is the Teyyattam, performed in the rapidly vanishing ancestor worship cult of Teyyam in northern Kerala. Teyyattam performers actually become “teyyams,” Hindu gods. The dancers traditionally come from specifically low castes and lose their exalted position as deities worshipped by even the high-caste members of the audience when the performance cum ritual is over. Photo by Wayne Ashley.



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