Bhoota Kola

  • IASbaba
  • October 28, 2022
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Context: Several complaints were filed in Karnataka over statements on a cultural practice called Bhoota kola depicted in the film Kantara.

About Bhoota Kola:

  • Bhoota Kola is an annual ritual performance where local spirits or deities are worshipped.
  • It is believed that a person performing the ritual has temporarily become a god himself.
  • This performer is both feared and respected in the community and is believed to give answers to people’s problems, on behalf of the god.
  • There are several ‘Bhootas’ who are worshipped in the Tulu-speaking belt of Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts.
  • It is usually performed in small local communities and rural areas.
  • As per Tulu Adivasi tradition, Bhoota Kola or Daiva Kola is a “non-Vedic” ritual where Bhootas or Daivas (guardians and ancestors) are worshipped.
  • Idols representing ‘bhoothas’ are taken out in a procession to the beating of drums and bursting of firecrackers,
  • It is widely believed these spirits protect the village from unfortunate incidents.
  • A trained person performs this ritual.
  • The dancing and pooja ritual is accompanied by drums and music.
  • The performer carrying a sword and jingling bells imitates the ‘devil’.

Source: Indian Express

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