is the vibrant ritual dance of north Kerala, South India, particularly presented in the Kolathunadu (of the present Kannur and Kasargode districts). As a living cult with centuries old traditions, ritual and custom, it embraces almost all castes and classes of Hindu religion in this region.
The term Theyyam is a corrupt form of daivam or God.
It is a rare combination of dance and music and reflects important features of a tribal culture.
One can see the Divine Power through the person performing the Theyyam.
All the dancing Theyyams are gods of different origin.
Theyyam is a kind of symbolic worship.
Gods, goddesses, demi-gods, epic characters, demons ,spirits, lower animals like snakes ,great ancestors and heroic men are worshiped through Theyyams.
There are different types of Theyyam performed by different castes
- Vannaan, Malayan, Velan, Anjoottaan, Koppaalan etc Karinchamundi Theyyam is the Vishnu Power. Each Theyyam has a background story
Sree Muthappan Theyyam
Sree Muthappan is the most popular local god in the Kannur District of north Kerala, India
.With two divine figures of Sree Muthappan
-Thiruvappana and Vellatom.
Fundamentally the dual divine figure Thiruvappana and Vellatom are not very different from the Theyyamkaliyattem of the north Malabar region.Though Sree
Muthappan represents a single god, actually it consists two godly figures
, one representing Lord Vishnu and other Lord Shiva.
Lord Vishnu: One bearing fish shaped crown .
Lord Shiva: Wearing a crecsent shaped crown.
Muthappan is also the theyyam performed in the famous Parassinikkadavu temple 16 km north of Kannur town.
Other theyyams are seasonal (the season lasting October to May),
but Muthappan theyyam is performed year round