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Poothanumthirayum is one of the most famous ritual arts of Kerala. Several arts and crafts are practiced in Kerala, including dance, martial arts, and ritual arts. The ritual arts of Kerala are highly unique and bear the legacy of Kerala traditional art and craft. Most of these ritual arts are hundreds of years old.

These ritual arts, representing the culture of Kerala, are perfectly bona fide. Originating from religious and social history, the ritual arts of Kerala are an integral part of the social life of the inhabitants of Kerala.

Why see Poothanumthirayum?

Poothanumthirayum is a ritual art worth watching on your Kerala tour. Poothanumthirayum is a ritual offering to Goddess Kali, performed in several places in South Malabar. The ritual marks the creation of Goddess Kali and the accompanying spirits (the Poothams) for the destruction of the evil demon, Daarikan. A troupe of dancers dresses up as Kali (the Thira) and the Poothams for the ritual performance. Those impersonating Thira wear colorful masks, while the ones posing as the spirits are adorned with semi-circular wooden crowns.

When is Poothanumthirayum performed?

The Poothanumthirayum ritual art of Kerala is performed every year between November and May with much enthusiasm. The ritual is observed in every household and on the premises of village shrines. Kerala's unique and vibrant ritual art is popular among locals and tourists.

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