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Velan Tribe

Also known as Devil dancers, the Velans are one of the predominant performers of Theyyam in the northern districts of Kerala. Besides Velans, Malayans and Vannans also perform this dance form. It is believed that while performing Theyyam, the souls of the dead heroes of the land and the gods and goddesses come and converse with the people through the medium of the possessed dancers.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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