The Oracles of Kodungallur celebrate their festival in the Bhagawati temple, which usually occurs between the months of March and April. It involves sacrifice of cocks and shedding of the Oracles own blood, to appease the goddess Kali and her demons who are said to relish blood offerings.
The festival is overseen by the aging King of Kodungallur where a horde of Oracles or Vellichapads in local Malayalam stampede around the temple waving their curved swords while chanting abuse at the goddess.
Photographed using Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D, with 28-70mm f2.8 and 17-40mm f4 lenses. Audio recorded with a Tascam DR40. This was part of the photography workshop I organized and led (The Oracles of Kerala).