At the village of Parassinikadavu, the head priest, or ‘madayan’, of the Parassini Madampura temple performs daily before assembled devotees. Elaborately dressed and accompanied by a traditional drum group, he becomes possessed by the temple’s presiding deity – Lord Muthappan, Shiva in the form of a ‘kiratha’, or hunter – and eacts a series of complex offerings. The two-hour ceremony culminates when the priest/deity ances forward to bless individual members of the congregation.