Vishnumoorthy - A Theyyam form
The video is of Vishnumoorthy, an important Theyyam form. Theyyam is a prismatic ritual art form prevailing in Malabar, the region comprising the northern districts of Kerala.
This sacramental practice is performed to appease Gods or ancestors. The venues are ancient shrines and ancestral homes. While performance, the artiste is believed to be the incarnate of God.
There are about 400 different Theyyams representing either Gods or heroic ancestors. One among them, the Vishnumoorthy theyyam is shown in the video. The venue is Vaniyillam Someswari temple at Karivellur in Kannur district of Kerala.