THEYYAM BREAST PLATE

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THEYYAM BREAST PLATE

Origin: Kerala

Material: Wood

The breastplate is worn exclusively by men during the Theyyam festival in Kerela. The dancer turns into Bhadrakali, a popular form of goddess Devi worshipped in Kerala, where she is seen as the auspicious and fortunate form of Kali. Handcrafted from a single piece of wood by skilled artisans it has snakes on shoulders, associated with Shiva, and is also considered a symbol of fertility.

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