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The Coorg - Where even Gods seek permission

Published December 16th, 2012

Coorg - the land of The Bold and the Beautiful

Kodagu, also known by its anglicised former name of Coorg, is an district in Karnataka, India. Coorg or Kodagu is chiefly populated by its native ethnic tribes Kodavas.

The citizens of Kodagu are polytheists and worship a number of deities, some of them being Bhagwathi, Mahadeva, Bhadrakali, Subramani, Ayyappa and Iggutappa. Various occupations adopted by the ethnic groups of Kodagu are: artisans, basket and mat-weavers, drummers, wandering musicians, farmers, toddy-makers, etc. Agriculture is the most important factor that upholds the economy of Kodagu and the main crops cultivated in this region are rice and coffee.

The Kodagu men wear ‘Kupyas’ (knee-length half-sleeved coats) over a full-sleeved white shirt. ‘Chale’ i.e. a maroon and gold sash is tied at the waist and an ornately carved silver dagger known as ‘Peechekath’ is tucked into it. ‘Odikathi’ is yet another knife that is tucked into the Chale at the back. Furthermore, a chain with a minuscule gun and a dagger hanging onto it give them a martial look. The saris worn by women folk are pleated at the back and the pallu fixed with a brooch is also wrapped in a very unique way. They wear either a full-sleeved or three-quarter sleeved blouse and cover their head with a scarf. A traditional gold beaded necklace known here as ‘Kokkethathi Jomale’ is widely worn by the women of Kodagu

Each village will have their own temple, and the Gods of these temples are believed to be travelled from Kerala. Theyyam is an essential part of the annual festivals in these temples. (mostly after "Puttari" )

Inputs from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodagu_district

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theyyam

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  • December 15th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 550D
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  • December 15th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 550D
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  • December 15th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • 18mm / f/5.6 / 1/640 sec
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  • December 15th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • 18mm / f/5.6 / 1/1000 sec
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  • December 15th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • 18mm / f/5.6 / 1/1000 sec

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