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Bhootham Thullal

Bhootham Thullal is a ritual performed in connection with vela, pooram and thalappoli. This dance is usually performed by the Mannan community. It is also rarely performed by panar and pulaya communities. The devil-aides (bhoothams) of Lord Shiva are coming to see and enjoy the temple festival is the concept of Bhootham Thullal. The make-up of the bhoothams consists of peculiar costumes. The large headgears, projecting eyes, high-ridged noses, protruding tongues, flowing black hair behind the pleated skirts and overcoats, all make the dancers completely supernatural. A variety of dances are executed to the accompaniment of an instrument called 'thudi.'

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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