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'Kandanar Kelan Theyyam' the god

'Kandanar Kelan Theyyam' is a tribal god worshipped in the northern parts of Kerala, India. The ritualistic performance happens once every year at a small temple and people from nearby villages come to seek blessings from their god. 'Kandanar Kelan' includes a fire dance, mime, drum beats and also a ritualistic jumping through fire. the idea is to preserve the essentials of ancient tribal cultures which are attached with significance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of ancestors.

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Date Taken: 10.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Kannur, India
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Tejas Ghate