A resplendent living cult with a tradition that goes back to several thousand years, Theyyam originated as a Hindu ritual form of worship in north Kerala, especially the Kolathunadu area (consisting of present-day Kasaragod, Kannur Districts, Mananthavady Taluk of Wayanad and Vadakara and Koyilandy Taluks of Kozhikode of Kerala state. It is said that the term theyyam is a corrupt form of Deivam or God. theyyam itself is considered as god and people do worship it for blessings.
Theyyam puts on show a rare combination of dance and music and reflects the important features of a tribal culture. The performers of Theyyam belong to the indigenous tribal community, and have an important position in Theyyam.