The coastal region of Karnataka known as Tulu Nadu is believed to be home to hundreds of different Daivas (holy spirits). This video explores the story of one such powerful Daiva – Padre Jumadi Banta, of Mukka Surathkal in Mangalore. It’s depicted via Buta Kola (one of the forms of Daivaradhane), a distinct highly stylized ritual dance that is performed in honor of the local deities. In many ways, it may remind you of Kerala’s Theyyam. It has also influenced the Yakshagana folk theatre tradition. Buta Kola is known as a powerful form of ritual performance, with instances where the performers transcend into a trance-like state to channel the deity being depicted.
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