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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Kandanar Kelan Theyyam (2)

Theyyam, the dance of the living god, is a form of worship - and ritual art - unique to the Malabar Coast in Kerala, India. In the fiery forms of theyyam the priest may dance, stand or roll in flame yet remain unharmed, as the deity possessing him renders him invulnerable.

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Date Taken: 02.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Kannur, India
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Copyright: © Mark Levitin