Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


Theyyam Deities

It is said that the prominent characters of Theyyam are the Grama Devatha (village deities) and the deities worshipped by various social orders. Some are ancestral deities. Both male deities and female deities are worshipped as Theyyams.

The main Theyyams are:

 Muchilottu Bhagavathy  Vishnumoorthy
 Ankakulangara Bhagavathy  Oorpazhachi
 Andalloor Daivam  Ali Theyyam
 Ayirathi Bhagavathy  Vettakkorumakan
 Orankara Bhagavathy  Karuvannoor Veeran
 Kandanar Kelan  Kannikkorumakan
 Kayaran Daivam  Karinkaali
 Karinthiri Nair  Anka Daivam
 Kaaran Daivam  Asuraalan
 Kaala Raathri  Aryapponkanni
 Korachan Daivam  Kshethrapaalakan
 Kurikkal Theyyam  Thekkan Kariyaaththan
 Naaga Kanni  Padaveeran
 Nagakandan  Pulimaaruthan
 Puliyooru Kannan  Perumpuzhayachan
 Bali  Bhadrakali
 Bhairavan  Makka Bhagavathy
 Maarappuli  Munnayareeshwaran
 Kulavan  Visha Kandan
 Velutha Bhootham  Vairajaathan
 Kuttichathan  Pottan
 Gulikan  Uchitta
 Kurathi  Raktha Chaamundi
 Raktheswari  Panchuruli,
 Kanda Karnan  Malankkuraththi
 Dhoomaa Bhagavathy  Pullichaamundi
 Bappiriyan  Ayyappan
 Poomaaruthan  Puthiya Bhagavathy
 Vasoori Mala  Karuvaal
 Naga Kali  Malankaari
 Poothaadi  Marppuliyan
 Ankakkaaran  Theethara Bhagavathy
 Undayan  Pampoori Karumakan
 Chorakkalathil Bhagavathi  Pethaalan
 Kaattumadantha  Manthra Moorthy
 Karanor  Kammiyamma
 Paraaliyamma  Veerampinaaru
 Malliyodan  Nemam Bhagavathy
 Billara  Choottakkaali
  Kalachaamundi  Theechamundi

The performers of Theyyam belong to communities like Vannan, Malayan, Paanan, Cheravan, Chinkaththan, Koppaalan, Pulayan, Kalanaadi, Perumannan, Thuluvelan, Anjoottaan and Munnoottaan. The Theyyam performed by each community has differences in the dance style followed, colours used, costumes worn etc.


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