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Title Teyyam : the annual visit of the god Vishnumurti / camera, editing, production, Erik de Maaker
Published Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources, [1998]
copyright 1997
Online access available from:
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (57 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 1
Summary "In Northern Kerala, Hindus revere numerous Gods through Teyyam rituals. Each Teyyam is dedicated to a specific God. In Teyyam worship a ritual specialist, a Teyyam performer, takes the shape of the God and becomes transformed. The rituals are performed at yearly festivals held at small temples devoted to Teyyam Gods which offer devotees the opportunity to communicate directly with them, asking for support to deal with problems such as illness and theft. [...] This program shows one Teyyam ritual for the popular God Vishnumurti, it is a visually dazzling event which is one of the few occasions that brings both the higher and lower castes of the different Hindu communities together. The performers are shown in the preparations and also after the festival."--Container
Notes "With the support of Institute of Cultural and Social Studies Department of Visual Ethnography Leiden University."--Container
English narration; some dialogue in Malayalam with English subtitles
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Subject Hindu gods -- India -- Kerala.
Performing arts -- India -- Kerala.
Rites and ceremonies -- India -- Kerala.
Kerala (India) -- Religious life and customs.
Genre/Form Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Maaker, Erik de, 1963-
Wilkinson, Tony, 1947-
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)
Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden. Department of Visual Ethnography