Karinkali , a folk performance of Paraya community

karinkali..ritualisticperformance of Paraya community

karinkali..ritualisticperformance of Paraya community

VIDEO CLICK HERE TO WATCH  karinkali in action

The summer as it comes bursting  up of  born fires in Asokam, wild yellow  puffing of shower golden trees,booms from the large drums shakes the Thiras,,sounds from the majestic trumpet rent the air andColourfully attired electrifying karnkalis of course, they are black of the black! pulsate  the space across the stubbled fields in various costumes, , the performance is so awesome the Karinkalis storm into thee throngimg mob ,they work themselves into a frenzy brandishing face and piercing eyes run around the temple in a trance, ` by the sabres in their hand with a ritualistic   endless search of the Karinkali.

karinkali

karinkali

They charge the temple  with the sabres in their hand with a ritualistic vengeance .They hold tendercoconutleaf made spikes of corm KATHIRU ..They bash on regardlessely with wide open eyes and outstretctd toungue,,the  darknesblack coloured Karinkali that shocks the pooram enthusiasts as well as devotees with its spell.

karinkalis in action

karinkalis in action

Karinkali performance is one of the ritualistic performance of Paraya community inthe regions  of western Palakkad ,Southern Malappuran and Nothern parts of Trichur boardering the western part of Palakkaddistrict.The Poorams or velas of this area remain outstanding due to the unique ritualistic experience.Karinkalis can occur as vazhipadu or offering of individuals or families.sometimes a group of karinkali performrs may present karinkali kkoottam…

 

 Karinkali conjures the spirit

Karinkali conjures the spirit

The Karinkali  performers smear their body with black charcoal paste made from devil tree trunk.The costumes in clude the Chetyakam ,Kaithamara,.brass plate ,brass breasts and spectacle frame  like eye magnifiers.The head gear is  usually triangular in shape.The Karinkali conjures up the spirits in front of the Kalams drawn intricately,..They  undergoe different rituals like gurusi etcThe karinkalis spring into action vibrantly and  peform at the house hold from where  the offering is made..Karinkalis  hang a live cock upon its  arms.Cock sacrifice and Gurusi are the important rituals connected with this perdformance. Karinkali appears as Tagore described in his poem

karinkali

karinkal

The stars are blotted out,The clouds are covering clouds,

It is darkness vibrant, sonant.
In the roaring, whirling wind
Wrenching trees by the roots,
Sweeping all from the path…
The sea has joined the fray,
And swirls up mountain-waves,
To reach the pitchy sky.
A thousand, thousand shades”

Of death begrimed and black. ”—We eprience thunder and lightning along the way to temple.The accompanying drummers compose a terrible rhythm to suit the situation .we feel that ‘

karinkali

karinkali

you dance in your own joy,

and clap your hands to keep time.
O Elemental, Eternal One!
Your form is empty space,

karinkali

karinkali

When it reaches Mullappanthal where the Paraya community is  supposed to receive the main deity of the temple.or it s the Keezhekkavu..the ritualistic performance attains climax and cock sacrifice is done…the Karinkalis suck the cocks blood and they indulge in the savage dance.

karinkalikettal

karinkalikettal

”at once the destruction-flood
Of Concern-Light and Compassion-Ocean
For our heart’s aspiration-flame”.

karinkali

karinkali

Though goddess image cannot be taken as a premordial image or archetype,according to jung it is only an archetypal image,But here the Karinkali  performer who represents the god the terrible image of goddess  who drives away all terrible forces and conjures up all unseen inevitable evils,  hits their conscience as Kali the mother goddess.the vigilant thorough search  is the hall mark of the deity nad nothing remains unseen.The terrible beauty that protects us from evil forces all dark forces..”Archetypes seek actualization within the situation of an individual’s environment and determine the degree of individuation”. as  Jung called “evocation” and “constellation” to explain the process of actualization.

costumes

costumes

 

 In Karinkali ritual   the mother archetype is actualized in the mind of the devotee   evoking of innate anticipations of the maternal archetype when the child is in the proximity of a maternal figure( though primitive savage far away from modern mother figure,) who corresponds closely enough to its archetypal template. This mother archetype is built into the personal unconscious of the devotee as a mother complex. Complexes are functional units of the personal unconscious, in the same way that archetypes are units for the collective unconscious.Thus the  Karinkalis turn to be archetypes rather than archetypal images.So,Karinkalis balance the premordial black within us.and enless search for devils enless search for dharika..the inevitable evil…the hall mark of this ritualistic performance is the quest…

 

karinkali

karinkali