The Theyyam Festival is unlike any celebration held in any part of India. Dating back to 2000 years, these deities are said to have their origin in the Dravidian culture. For centuries, its practitioners have belonged to the various communities of “untouchables” that have existed as part of Kerala's caste structure. In trance the performer is divine, he is the supreme and absolute authority, what he says must be heeded to.” Thus the Theyyam Festival served as sort of a social equalizer, bringing together people of all classes and tribes through religious participation. Today, even though the social degradation associated with belonging to the low caste has been eliminated, the art form itself has remained under the sole custodianship of these traditional families and it is through descendants of those communities that this ritual performance is practiced and kept alive.