Theyyam dancer, Kerala
The lower castes of Kerala’s society normally participate in Theyyam, a folklore ritual in Kerala’s north as well as in bordering regions, and therefore all the stories and songs depict the cruelty of the caste system and the upper castes. Theyyam is the manifestation of God in an ordinary human being, so he or she is empowered with divine status.
In William Dalrymple’s book “Nine Lives“, he writes extensively about when men turn into part-time gods as the season of Theyyam begins:
It’s only during the Theyyam season—from December to February. We give up our jobs and become Theyyam artists. For those months we become gods. Everything changes. We never eat meat or fish and are forbidden to sleep with our wives. We bring blessings to the village and the villagers, and exorcise evil spirits. We are the vehicle through which people can thank the gods for fulfilling their prayers and granting their wishes. Though we are all Dalits (untouchables) even the most bigoted and casteist Namboodiri Brahmins worship us, and queue up to touch our feet. (x)
We are deeply saddened to learn that TEDxMidAtlantic speaker Sam Berns passed away Friday night at age 17. Sam had progeria, a rare rapid aging disease that affects approximately one out of four to eight million children.
Above, moments from Sam’s TEDxMidAtlantic talk, in which he shares his advice for living happily, no matter the challenges. Sam’s talk displays his great courage, infectious positivity, and wisdom beyond his years. He will be missed.
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