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Kappalathi Pothi Theyyam – Story – Information

Kappalathi Pothi is a female theyyam with a tragic story. The theyyam is a very rare theyyam and is performed during the annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival in Kannur and Kasaragod regions of North Kerala. As per information, a female who met with a tragic end at the ends of her own family was honored later with a theyyam. The story of Kappalathi Pothi theyyam is that of Kumba Kappalathi venturing out of her village to watch Kaveri Vilakku Vela. She has seven brothers but when they went for the Vela they did not take her with them. But she followed them secretly but lost her away in between.

She met a Mavilan who provided her with tender coconut water. She went with the Mavilan.

The brothers started searching for their missing sister and few months later they found her to be pregnant in the colony of Mavilan. For marrying against their wish to a lower caste man, they cut her into pieces.

The theyyam is performed in remembrance of this sacrifice.