7 comments on “The Dancing Gods of Valluvanad…glimpses of village festivals

  1. It’s taken me several reads to try and absorb all the details here, rethy! So much color, and so much tradition. One thing I found very interesting is the similarity between the parathira, poothan, and thira to the “bush devils” of Liberia. They’re fascinating, too. When I lived there, I found some the good fun they were meant to be, but some were a little unnerving, to say the least!

    I loved these glimpses into your culture. Just wonderful!

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  2. Beautiful my dear friend Rethy…In my village we have a similar festival called koottakalam which is celebrated every alternate year. The dainty and the velichapadu reminds me that . These ancient cultural festivals are disappearing from our villages. The colourful photos and the writing is well descriptive….You have special touch with your pen and with your camera shots. Keep writing and so proud of you dear..


    • Haven’t heard of koottakalam…must be very colourful! Thank you Komal for encouraging me as you always do😍 …Yes It’s a pity that these cultural festivals are slowly fading away. Ariprapattu is a family affair; the velas in the small temples in Anakkara take place around the same time. Yet to learn more about all the rituals and stories behind the ‘veshams’.


  3. Let me study more about koottakalam and let you know ..It’s a kalam pattu which is rendered n offered by a group of people called vannan …The authenticity is fading as people migrate from villages to metros for livelihood. The dainty is kurumba bhagawathi and the belief is that she protects our village from bad evils and spirits with her vaalu n chilambu. The velichapadu gets the magical vibration of Goddess during the kalam pattu….And the rituals of ceremony ends with vettiyattu on the third day where the velichapadu evacuate all the evilness from that place…Wish i could attend this year’s koottakalam and put more insight …


  4. Rethy, quite an interesting read. Just two doubts. What’s frankipani garland? How dothey make hay stacks rolled like that? During our young days hay stacks were long and thick bunches and now they seem to be machine rolled. Surprised to see Komalam and Vijayaraghavan here. World is really small and our memories really big. Indu


    • Thank you Induettan. Really appreciate your good will to read my blog and comment on it. Frangipani is our own kumkumappoo. You will be surprised to see harvesters conquering our Anakkara. Komal is a dear friend. I know that you’re friends.


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