In God’s Mirror: The Theyyams of Malabar

Theyyam is an extraordinary, 2,000-year-old ritual of worship found only in the northern region of India’s south-western state of Kerala. It is in this myth-wrapped land that empowered men become temporarily transformed into deities. Whilst the process is an internal one that obliterates the practitioner’s human persona, on an external level his face is transformed by intricate make-up and his body fantastically costumed. 

This comprehensive title took several years to complete and contains a wealth of images taken by the author herself, capturing the incredible rituals and costumes and the beliefs and crafts that go hand in hand with them.

Client: Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers
In association with Kapil Jariwala Gallery
Author: Pepita Seth
Format: Hardback with jacket
Extent: 336 pp
Size: 274 × 243 mm
Illustrations: 372