Theyyam is a popular ritual form of worship of North Malabar in Kerala, India.
Theyyam, believed to have been derived from the word Daivam, meaning God.
Its belived that immortal spirits enter into mortal bodies to perform a ritual dance. The performers of Theyyam belong to the lower caste community, and have an important position in Theyyam. They are also known as ‘malayanmar’.
People of north malabar districts consider Theyyam itself as a God and they seek blessings from this Theyyam. The dance or invocation is generally performed in front of the village shrine. There are approximately 400 types of Theyyam. Muthappan, pottan theyyam, vishnumurthy,