Theyyam: The Human Gods
The performers of Theyyam are all members of the indigenous tribal community in India. Only in Kerala do both the upper-caste Brahmins and lower-caste tribals share an important role in a major form of worship. The term Theyyam comes from Devam or God. People of these districts consider the performers of the Theyyam itself to be deities who can bestow them with blessings.