All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts …
- William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”
It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining.
– Mark Twain
Thrissur Pooram is the most extravagent and colorful festival in Kerala. Attended by tens of thousands of devotees, the festivities include dozens of caparisoned elephants. These Indian elephants are loved, revered, groomed, and given a prestigious place in the state’s culture.
These young Wadabi men are taking part in the Garawal, an annual marriage ritual performed by the tribe. In this event, dramatic make-up is applied to the faces of the men, who dance and make exaggerated expressions in an attempt to attract new brides.