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We were picked up at 4.30am and it was pitch black outside as we crammed 4 of us into the back of the tuktuk and weaved our way through the narrow side streets of greater Kannur to a village temple about 8km away from our homestay. When we arrived at the temple, the Theyyam was in full-swing and we grabbed a spot out of the way of the locals at the back.
A Theyyam is a ritualistic art form which is believed to pre-date Hinduism, making it an incredibly ...
... They used to hang around here for a time until they got their butts kicked out. :) Any ways.....Harry is preparing to begin her studies in Theatrical Arts at University in Leeds. She has come to work in the orphanage for a few weeks. As you can see, the volunteers that come here are of the highest quality of humans on this planet. I am humbled by their presence and so happy that we are now friends....friends for life. And we drank toddy. And we ate samosas. ...
... else's shoes. Good manners. You stepped gently to the porch with a smiling face of Buddha to greet my family. I was watching you. And then you did it...you greeted my elder grandmother FIRST with a formal namaste knowing she is our Matriarch and leader of our family. This is Indian custom. How did you know to greet the elder first, if you are not Indian? And then you greeted everyone else one at a time and played with the children. This is proper. You ...
... men's home is a large place. Think "Mental Hospital", but with no locks on the doors. Men can come and go as they please. But they don't. This is a safe haven for them. This is a place for homeless men. Men that don't fit in to the outside world. Many have mental disorders. And many simply have no family to care for them. And there is an HIV clinic here as well. A much needed blessing, anywhere. So maybe you are thinking this is a sad ...
... he's excited to show me something unique in his delightful culture...the THEYYAM FESTIVAL. I tell him, "JuJu that it was my understanding that I'm too late. That the season for Theyyam ends at the start of monsoon. "Look outside pal, it's raining." I'm thinking that the best I can hope to experience is the Muslim Festival celebrated at the end of Ramadan, on August 8th, which is specifically WHY I've extended my departure from ...