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War of the Gods : Preparing for the war | Vali appears

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By now you are aware of theyyam and a bit about the background story. If not, check out the first part. War of Gods : Lets prepare for The war | Theyyam begins

So this is the battle between Vali and Sugriv from Indian epic Ramayana.  The whole fight between Vali and Sugriv happened because of a misunderstanding. Surprisingly the world was, is  and will be the same. People still fighting because of minor and major misunderstanding.

The epic says (this is from Wikipedia though )

Vali had been too outraged to heed his brother Sugriva after he had sealed the entrance to a cave in which Vali was fighting a rakshasa named Mayavi. Sugriva had mistaken the blood flowing out of the cave to be his brother’s, blocked the entrance to the cave with a boulder and left for Kishkindha, assuming that his brother was dead. When Vali had emerged victorious over the rakshasa, he had found that the entrance to the cave was blocked. He journeyed back to kingdom to find Sugriva ruling in his place. Sugriva tried to explain the situation to Vali, but Vali, enraged, would not listen.

This was the root cause of the fight. So here comes our Vali, all charged up for the war.

theyyam, thira, malabar, folklore. culture, kavu, andalur kavu, bali, sugrivan
Here comes Vali

Vali is just preparing for the big day. The fight with Sugriva.

Being led to the battle ground
Being led to the battle ground

Walking towards the battle ground furiously!

There he is, in the middle of the battle ground
There he is, in the middle of the battle ground

And at last there he is, in the middle of the battle groud, accompanied by the energetic rhythm from chenda, one type of percussion instrument.

He is furious and he now needs his sword and shield, his ultimate weapons of destruction.  They are being handed over to him by Hanumanji, who is having a crucial role in this war.

Bali with Hanuman
Vali with Hanuman
with his sword
with his sword
The Shield
The Shield
And the sword
And the sword

He has his weapons now, he has his wrath , he is restless

restless with wrath
restless with wrath

His wrath transformed into a wild dancing.

Metamorphosing into furious Bali
Metamorphosing into furious Vali

Thus the human performer metamorphose into the furious Vali.

Divine dance
Divine dance

Now only one thing, he is waiting for. For his opponent to show up!

Furiously waiting for his opponent
Furiously waiting for his opponent

And he is furiously waiting for his opponent, Sugriva to show up.


Sugriva shows up in the next post.


 

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14 thoughts on “War of the Gods : Preparing for the war | Vali appears

  1. I too now remember it is Vali… 🙂 realized how long it has been since my grandfather told us stories of Ramayan… you could include the music of that instrument too if you recorded it 🙂

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