Friday, September 23, 2016

Marginal Dieties

Hundred odd villages around Pudukkottai/ Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu are collectively known as Chettinad (Land of the Chettis). 

Contrary to the established norm that villages and towns grow 'around' temples, the Ayyanar Temples of Chettinad are invariably located at the outskirts of villages. 

In times of celebration and thanksgiving, villagers offer animal / fowl sacrifice at these temples, they cook the meat within the temple premises and share it with friends and families. 

Another feature of these temples is the rainbow  parade of earthen horses. Loud, colourful clay horses are placed within the temple premises by individuals as offerings. 

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