Theechamundi theyyam – ritual fire dance of Malabar kerala

This variety of Theyyam, the ritual dance performance, is presented during the night. An offering to Goddess Chamundi (Kali), this dance drama is an awe inspiring one and it is believed that the performer of this gets possessed by the spirit of the goddess. The body of the dancer is decorated with tender coconut leaves. With vigorous chantings, in the climax of the dance, the performer jumps on top of a huge bonfire. It is believed that because of the arduous spiritual observations that the dancer has undergone he becomes resistant to burns