Top shot: divinity within | photograph by shyam prasad s. (@shyam_prasads )
#yourshotphotographer shyam prasad s. made this portrait of a theyyam artist in kannur, india. the artist lives a pious life for three days before he applies heavy makeup to transform into a living deity, bhagavathi. he will perform a dance to a ritual song in front of the village shrine. this photo was selected for march 22, 2018 daily dozen.
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