Theyyam is a popular Hindu ritual dance form of worshiping in northern Malabar region of Kerala.Theyyam originated from “Kaliyattam” once practiced by the tribal community of north Kerala. As a living cult with several thousand-year-old traditions, rituals and customs, it embraces almost all the castes and classes of the Hindu religion in this region. Theyyam dance form have approximately 400 types.
Mayilattam also known as mayilnritham is a ritual art performed by the artists in peacock costumes. It is performed in Subramanya temples in South Kerala in reverence to Lord Subhramanya. The performers wears decorated costumes all over the body like a peacock with a beak that can be moved using threads.
The dancer performs bare foot and also on the stick that are attached to at the end of his feet. This art requires extensive training and practice.